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In the broadest sense, economics is the science of decision-making. In economics, students learn how to identify the costs, benefits and consequences of a decision. Often identified with the study of market behavior, economists also study issues that affect the market such as criminal behavior, poverty, law, environmental control, population, voting and political behavior.

Two colleges at West Virginia University offer a major in economics. Students may earn a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in economics from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in economics from the College of Business and Economics.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program emphasizes a broad liberal arts education, while the Bachelor of Science program includes training in the various disciplines of business, including accounting, business law, finance, management, marketing and information systems.

The program leading to the B.A. degree in economics is designed for students who wish to combine fundamental training in economics with a liberal arts education. In addition to the liberal studies and related requirements, students have a great deal of unrestricted electives, allowing them to broaden their skill set with a second major or a variety of minors.

Specific requirements are:

Career Profile

Graduates with degrees in economics are needed in both government and the private sector. Government economists assess economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad and estimate the economic impact of specific changes in legislation or public policy. Economists in private industry work largely for marketing research firms, management consulting firms, banks, investment firms and insurance companies.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

CS 101 Intro-Computer Applications ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology MATH 126C College Algebra 3-Day GEOL 101 Planet Earth

Senior Year

ECON 481 American Economic History ECON 455 Economic Development ECON 471 Labor Economics ECON 425 Introductory Econometrics ECON 441 Public Economics

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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