Economics - B.A.
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The Economic bachelor's degree program provides students with the appropriate analytical tools to enable them to observe the world, make appropriate inferences, and consequently to make better choices. The student of economics appreciates not only what is transparent but also what lies behind observed behavior. The economic way of thinking shows how choice takes place within a specific organizational context, be it a market, firm, or policy environment. Different environments generate new sets of incentives that in turn motivate people to make certain choices, resulting in predictable outcomes.
Through the required and elective courses, students acquire extensive knowledge about economic organization, market process, entrepreneurship, and public policy. Students use economic theory as an analytical tool set that will be used to examine real world markets, institutions and behaviors. A choice of elective courses allows students to deepen their focus by choosing courses best suited to their career goals.
Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Although various private-sector roles in businesses are most common, economics majors find success in law, medicine, government, nonprofits and international relations, as well as in academic roles. Employers want people who can navigate within a complex world and adapt to changing conditions. This degree prepares students for the professional world as well as for further graduate studies.
Upon completion of this program, graduates are expected to:
- Demonstrate fluency with contemporary and historical economic thinking.
- Use modeling, frameworks and similar tools to explain economic concepts, principles and theories.
- Apply economic theories and analytical tools to interpret real-world economic problems.
- Analyze the rule of non-market forces and institutions in economic decision-making.
- Conduct economic research, interpret economic data and effectively communicate economic ideas to a variety of audiences.
A four-year program leading to the bachelor of arts degree
|ASCI4799||College of Arts & Sciences Internship *||4.5|
|ECON3070||Contemporary Economic Issues||4.5|
|ECON4900||Economics Capstone Seminar||4.5|
|Major Electives **|
|Choose seven of the following courses (at least one MATH-designated and two ECON-designated courses):||31.5|
|The Global Economy in the 21st Century|
|Introduction to Entrepreneurship|
|Pitching & Planning New Ventures|
|Change and Innovation Management|
|Introduction to Financial Institutions|
|Economics of Sin ***|
|Introduction to Political Science|
|Related Professional Studies|
|LAW2001||The Legal Environment of Business I||4.5|
|RSCH2050||Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills||4.5|
|A&S Core Experience|
|Communications Foundation Courses||13.5|
|Advanced Composition and Communication|
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities||9|
|Ethics: A Global Perspective|
One course from ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT or REL
|Quantitative Analysis I ( (or higher, based on student's placement))|
One course from BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCI
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or SOC
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at the 3000 level or higher.
|Free Electives #|
|40.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university.||40.5|
Students may use up to 9.0 free elective credits as additional internship credits.
Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.
If a student takes an ILS course to count as a major elective, they must take a second ILS2000 level course to fulfill the requirements of the A&S Core Experience.
NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).
Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.
In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.