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About Economics

Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services in order to explain how economies work. Students in the economics major learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, in addition to a variety of other skills. The coursework in the program also provides a strong grounding in economic theory, which helps open unique career opportunities that involve policy analysis. Students pursuing economics gain valuable research experience that prepares them for graduate school or various careers in business. Four Emphasis Options are available in Economics: Economic Theory, Managerial Economics, Prelaw Economics, and International Economics and Trade.

Degree Options

  • Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
  • A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.

The economics degree (BS) is available online without an emphasis.

Differential Tuition

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. Contact the department or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information about the cost of this program.

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the Department of Management has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: Incoming freshmen may be admitted directly if they meet one or more of the following four requirements: being in the top 10% of their high school graduating class, graduating with a minimum 3.7 high school GPA, scoring a minimum 28 on the ACT exam/1310 on the SAT exam, and/or having a minimum 3.5 high school GPA combined with a minimum 24 ACT score/1160 SAT score.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions or students transferring from other USU majors may be admitted after they have earned 24 or more post-high school credits with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Students not meeting the above conditions can still to apply. Admission is competitive based on available space. Students must fill out an application (available online), have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must have completed certain prerequisite courses.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

With a degree in economics, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Economic Loss Specialist
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Asset Management
  • Economics Consultant
  • Management Trainee
  • Compensation & Benefits Manager
  • Trust Officer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Trade Specialist
  • Financial Planner
  • Actuary
  • Loan Officer
  • Appraiser

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