Economics - B.A.
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
|ECON3070||Contemporary Economic Issues||3|
|ECON4900||Economics Capstone Seminar||3|
|Choose seven of the following courses (at least one MATH-designated and two ECON-designated courses): *||21|
|World Economic Geography|
|The Global Economy in the 21st Century|
|Introduction to Entrepreneurship|
|Pitching & Planning New Ventures|
|Change and Innovation Management|
|Honors Seminar: Behavioral Economics **|
|Economics of Sin **|
|Quantitative Analysis II|
|Introduction to Political Science|
|Choose 6 credits from the following: ***||6|
|College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ic|
|Directed Experiential Education D|
|Undergraduate Research Experience|
|Honors Directed Academic Experience|
|Related Professional Studies|
|LAW2001||The Legal Environment of Business I||3|
|RSCH2050||Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills||3|
|A&S Core Experience|
|Communications Foundation Courses||9|
|Rhetoric & Composition I|
|Rhetoric & Composition II|
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities||6|
|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.
|Free Electives #|
|24 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university||24|
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.
In lieu of an internship, directed experiential education, research course, or study abroad, students may use the Applied/Experiential Learning credits towards a minor.
IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.
D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS).
# In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.
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 are assessed in ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Rhetoric & Composition II 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 Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?