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BBA in Economics: Do More with Your Business Degree

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus or the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics is a flexible degree that prepares you for a broad range of opportunities. Economics is a highly versatile major, allowing students to choose various career paths in a dynamic world. Learn the skills needed to adapt and pivot quickly in your career with an Economics degree. 

Our BBA in Economics Degree

The economics program at Georgia Southern University Parker College of Business offers a four-year bachelor’s degrees and one specialization, in International Business, designed to give students a broad knowledge of economics. Additionally, the Department of Economics offers a Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) as well as a Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics. Economics students are engaged in advanced research, leading to conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, co-authorship with professors, on- and off-campus recognition and awards for research and writing.

The Department of Economics maintains a close link with the business community; a large number of internship opportunities are available to economics students in areas as diverse as economic development, marketing research and finance. Economics graduates are sought after by employers for their strong analytical skills and training in problem solving, often earning higher average pay than most other disciplines.

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Economics as a Career

Economics is a discipline focused on the decision making and relationships that drive market outcomes. Every industry and business requires a certain level of economic understanding to make better decisions.

The Wall Street Journal ranks economics undergraduates as the 5th highest paid in their career field.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, since 2010, employment for economics majors has risen more than 200%.

Economics Career Options

  • Loan Officer
  • Bank Examiner
  • Commodities/Stock Broker
  • Economics Forecaster
  • Securities Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Market Analyst
  • Actuary
  • Industry Analyst
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Tax Administrator
  • Budget Officer
  • Claims Adjustor

What can I do with a BBA in Economics?

Our economics graduates have successful careers with:

  • The Parker Companies
  • PwC
  • Partnership Gwinnett
  • Electronic Arts
  • AFLAC
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Illinois Commerce Commission
  • Georgia Ports Authority
  • Colony Bank
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Gulfstream Aerospace
  • Georgia Department of Economic Development
  • Bank of America
  • Savannah Economic Development Authority
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Tchibo
  • ASF Logistics
  • Sonatype
  • Verizon

Internships

Internships help you better integrate academic knowledge with practical applications. Exposure to economic practices and business environments can also help you decide which career path is right for you and help jump start your career before entering the workforce on a permanent basis.

Economics students have recently been offered internships by

  • World Trade Center Savannah
  • Shaw, Inc.
  • Offices of Congressmen
  • Webster Rodgers LLP
  • Carter’s, Inc.
  • One Digital
  • Make-A-Wish Georgia
  • Advice Media

Admissions Requirements

Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics program is competitive. To be considered for regular admission students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Undergraduate GPA: minimum of 3.00 on a 4.00 point scale
  3. Competitive GRE scores
  4. Completed courses in calculus, statistics, and intermediate level macroeconomics and microeconomics with a minimum grade of “C” in each course and a minimum GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in these courses

The GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Program Director for applicants holding a graduate degree in a quantitative field.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for completed applications for fall semester admission is July 15. Applications for spring semester are due by November 15. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered at the discretion of the Program Director.

Program Outcomes

B.B.A. in Economics

There are four student learning outcomes (SLOs) in the BBA – Economics program.

SLO 1:  Maximize objective functions

Graduates of the BBA – Economics program will be able to explain how economic actors (individuals, households, and firms) maximize their various objective functions, given the constraints they face.

SLO 2:  Impacts of market structure and policy choice

Graduates of the BBA – Economics program will be able to evaluate how market structure and policy choices (taxation, regulation) impact the decisions made by maximizing economic agents (individuals, households, and firms).

SLO 3:  Monetary and fiscal policy

Graduates of the BBA – Economics program will be able to analyze how economic theory impacts economic policy and explain how monetary, fiscal and development policy is implemented.

SLO 4:  Short-run versus long-run Analysis

Graduates of the BBA – Economics program will be able to demonstrate the difference between short-run and long-run macroeconomic analysis and how this difference affects macroeconomic policymaking.

Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics

  1. Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics program will be able to analyze consumers’ choices using modern tools of mathematical microeconomics.
  2. Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics program will be able to analyze firms’ profit maximization strategies in a variety of competitive and non-competitive environments using marginal analysis.
  3. Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics program will be able to evaluate the welfare implications of various forms of competition and government policies.
  4. Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics program will be able to use the appropriate theories to explain the progression of an event and the impacts of this event on the economy (from the short-run to the long-run).  This event could be from outside forces or could be a policy initiative.
  5. Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics will show an understanding of the development of modern macroeconomic theory.

M.S. in Applied Economics

  1. Graduates of the M.S. in Applied Economics program will be able to analyze the choices made by consumers/firms using modern tools of mathematical microeconomics.
  2. Graduates of the M.S. in Applied Economics program will be able to evaluate the welfare implications (including quantifiable impacts on consumer and producer surplus, deadweight loss, and costs and revenues) of imperfectly competitive markets, government intervention, and international trade policies.
  3. Graduates of the M.S. in Applied Economics program will be able to use the appropriate theories to explain the progression of an event and the impacts of this event on the economy (from the short-run to the long-run).  This event could be from outside forces or could be a policy initiative.
  4. Graduates of the M.S. in Applied Economics program will show an understanding of the development of modern economic theory.
  5. Graduates of the M.S. in Applied Economics program will be able to build theoretically sound and technically correct econometric models, use statistical software to obtain the parameter estimates and the degree of uncertainty about them, diagnose and correct possible estimation problems, and correctly and meaningfully interpret estimation results.

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The BBA Program in Economics is not designed or advertised to meet any state licensure or certification requirements.

Last updated: 5/23/2023