As part of the nationally recognized JMU College of Business, the economics major fosters an understanding and appreciation of economic forms of explanation and their relationships to other social sciences. The major will provide students with an intellectual foundation for the appreciation and understanding of economic theory and policy that stresses the importance of imaginative thinking, free inquiry and the pursuit of life-long learning. In this way, the program prepares students with the economic literacy necessary to cope with the challenges inherent in a world of accelerating change.
Economics majors are generally educated students, who go on to develop their analytical, investigative and research skills. With this major, students will use their understanding of economics relationships and markets to work for manufacturing firms, financial services firms, consulting firms, the health care industries, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Economists with strong statistical backgrounds conduct research, analyze data and develop forecasts. Students with a good background in this field are competitive in the job market.
- Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
- Financial Economics
- International Economics
- Political Economy
- Business Analytics
- Political Science
Students learn about the allocation of scarce resources, the structure of industries, the distribution of income, the determinants of unemployment and inflation, the structure of international trade and finance, and the role of government in the economy. The programs are designed to prepare students for a wide range of potential careers in financial services, consulting firms, health care industries, manufacturing firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Students also gain a sound basis for graduate study in economics, law, business administration, social services, public policy and international relations.
Entry Requirement: ACT Range (22-27)
Intakes: August, January, June
Course Duration: 4 years