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Undergraduate Program in Economics

Your Economics Degree

Economics studentTippie's Economics Department offers three undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) awarded by the Tippie College of Business
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Curious about the difference? The BBA emphasizes the economic foundations of business fields: accounting, finance, marketing, business law and management. The B.A. incorporates a balance of economic theory, mathematical tools and field applications. The B.S. maintains a similar balance but emphasizes the development of analytical skills.

Tracks in Economics

All three degrees have three possible tracks:

  • Business—if you're seeking employment in the private sector or planning to earn an MBA after gaining necessary experience
  • Policy—if you're interested in a decision-making or advocacy position in the public or private sector or planning to earn a law or graduate degree in a discipline that's not highly quantitative
  • Analytical—if you're interested in a technical/analytical position in the public or private sector or planning to earn a graduate degree in a discipline that's highly quantitative

Students are required to select one of the three tracks upon declaring an economics major.

Major Requirements

You'll complete three sets of requirements for the major:

  • Mathematics and statistics courses that provide the skills needed for understanding economic theory and data
  • Economic theory courses that provide the tools needed for analyzing economic issues
  • Field courses that apply economic tools to business, social or specialized analytical issues (the applied field course requirement varies, depending on your track)