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Economics (BS)

The field of economics is very broad and can be applied many ways. Our graduates can do just about anything — government, law school, teaching or finance fields like insurance and banking.

Overview

What is Economics (BS) at WVU like?

Description

In the broadest sense, economics is the science of decision-making. You will 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 WVU offer a major in Economics. You may earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics from the College of Business and Economics.

Students earning a BS in Economics must take required courses in Economics (Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and American Economic History), as well as Economics electives, such as International Economics, Economic Development, Comparative Economic Systems, Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Labor Economics, Money and Banking, and Public Economics.

In addition to the courses in Economics, BS Economics students must take elective hours from the College of Business and Economics. Many take the introductory courses in each of the business areas, such as finance, management, marketing and business law, to get a basic introduction to business. Others concentrate in one or two areas. There is a great deal of flexibility to design a curriculum best suited to your interests.

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Economics (BS) at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Economics students conduct research and are engaged with faculty. Students also are involved in conducting experiments and can participate in small business plan competitions and programs through the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

As seniors, students can tailor their capstone course, ECON 481 American Economic History, to reflect their interests.

Student Organizations

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Many students choose to attend graduate school and place well into graduate programs. Recent graduates have gone on to attend Penn State Law on a full scholarship, intern with the Cleveland Indians and work as chief economist for the city of Quincy, Massachusetts

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Economics (BS) major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

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Courses

What are the courses like in Economics (BS) at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Economics (BS) major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

ECON 441:
Public Economics

Economic roles of the public sector. Particular attention to market failure, redistributing income, the financing of public sector activities, relationships between federal, state, and local governments, and public choice.

ECON 451:
International Economics

Development of trade among nations; theories of trade; policies, physical factors, trends, barriers to trade. Determination of exchange rates. Open economy macroeconomics.

Cost and Aid

How much does Economics (BS) at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $422
Per Semester $5,064
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,128
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,110
Per Semester $13,320
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,640
International
Per Credit $1,110
Per Semester $13,620
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,240
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Incoming freshmen to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Economics (BS) has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Economics (BS) at WVU?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet the following admission requirement for the 2019-20 academic year:

For direct admission to the John Chambers College of Business and Economics:
  • GPA: 3.00
  • ACT Math: 22
  • SAT Math: 540

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University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Economics (BS) major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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