Jun 20, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

Economics Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4221

College of Arts and Sciences  
Economics Department  
Bentley Annex 360
Phone: 740.593.2040

Contact Persons:
Harold Winter, Chair
Julie Paxton, Undergraduate Studies Chair

Program Overview

The major in economics develops core quantitative and critical thinking skills which allow for the analysis of social and economic issues. Economists study decision-making and incentives facing individuals, businesses, governments and countries. The major emphasizes an analytical approach used in problem-solving, observation, and inference from data, and presenting ideas in writing and speech. The major involves foundational courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, elective courses in economic fields such as labor, international, environmental, or financial economics, and courses related to data and statistical analysis.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirement beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Economists work in a variety of jobs in the private sector, the education sector, the non-profit sector and government agencies. Entry-level positions for economists with a bachelor’s degree include market analysts, consultants, research assistants, data analysts, investment bankers, forecasters, journalists, as well as managers, analysts and leaders in business, banking, government, and non-profit and international organizations.  The Bachelor of Arts prepares students for continued education in Economics, Mathematics, Law School, Journalism, International Affairs, and Public Policy. 

Master’s and Ph.D. degrees prepare economists for jobs requiring more quantitative and analytical skills.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Economics Hours Requirement

Complete a total of 30 semester hours of economics coursework.

Required Economics Classes

Complete the following courses:

Economics Electives

Complete 4 courses for at least 12 credit hours from the following list.  At least 3 courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.

Required Non-Economics Course

Complete the following math course or its equivalent or a higher level math course.

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