Economics is the study of how resources are used to meet society’s needs. It is an essential aspect of virtually every decision individuals, governments, and businesses make. Students that pursue an economics degree (BSBA-ES) develop analytical and problem solving skills needed to best make these decisions.
Career opportunities for economics majors are as diverse as they are plentiful. Because economics majors are taught to develop and apply analytical skills in a variety of fields, they are highly sought after by public and private sector employers. You can find numerous economics majors working in public policy, finance, law, consulting, public administration, urban and regional planning, environmental studies, and entertainment. Economics graduates frequently pursue graduate degrees in business, law, real estate, entrepreneurship.
Students pursuing a BSBA-ES must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. For information about the required coursework please visit UF’s Economics Major page or schedule an appointment with one of our economics major Academic Advisors and Career Coaches.
Useful Minors and Electives
Economics majors are encouraged to enhance their education by pursuing industry related minors and choosing targeted electives. While all minors and electives offer educational benefits there are some that are particularly useful for economics majors, such as:
- Foreign Languages
- Information Systems
- International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
- Management and Sales in Agribusiness
- Real Estate
- Sustainability Studies
- Urban and Regional Planning
For information about the required courses for these and other UF minors, consult the undergraduate catalog’s undergraduate minors page.
- ACG 3031 (Financial Accounting and Reporting 1)
- ACG 3401 (Business Processes and Accounting Information Systems)
- ACG 4111 (Financial Accounting and Reporting)
- ACG 4341 (Cost and Managerial Accounting)
- ACG 4931 (Accounting for Global Enterprise)
- ENT 3003 (Principles of Entrepreneurship)
- GEB 3213 (Professional Writing in Business)
- GEB 3218 (Professional Speaking in Business)
- ISM 4113 (Business Systems Design and Applications)
- ISM 4210 (Database Management)
- ISM 4220 (Business Data Communications)
- ISM 3254 (Business Systems 1)
- ISM 3255 (Business Systems 2)
- ISM 4330 (Information Systems and Operations Strategy)
- QMB 4701 (Managerial Operations Analysis 1)
- QMB 4702 (Managerial Operations Analysis 2)
- REE 3043 (Real Estate Analysis)
- REE 4303 (Investment Decision Making)
- Additional Business Electives
Economics majors interested in furthering their business knowledge may pursue Master of Arts with a major in International Business (MAIB) or the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSISOM) through the combined degree programs. Combined degree students may apply select master’s courses to their bachelor’s degree requirements. Students who complete the combined degree enhance their marketability and develop valuable industry relationships.
Internships and Career Outlook
From large international corporations to small entrepreneurial startups, organizations of all size hire economics majors. According to the 2012 National Association of Colleges and Employers annual survey, economics was ninth out of all majors that employers most commonly hired. Students interested in learning more about internship or full-time opportunities available to economics majors should utilize the following resources:
- School of Business Academic Advising and Career Coaching
- Career and Academic Peer Mentors
- Career Resource Center
Career Opportunities in Economics
Students who pursue careers in economics have a variety of options. Among the most popular career opportunities are:
- Financial Economics
- Health, Education, and Welfare Economics
- Industrial Organization
- International Economics
- Labor Economics
- Law and Economics
- Public Economics
- Urban and Regional Economics
For more information about opportunities in economics, please schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor and Career Coach.
Opportunities for Involvement and Leadership in Economics
The Warrington College of Business Administration provides numerous opportunities for involvement and leadership. By participating in student organizations, students gain valuable leadership skills and network with faculty, alumni, and recruiters. Students looking for organizations focused on economics should consider the joining the Undergraduate Economics Society. For more information about all Warrington student organizations, please visit our Business Student Organization page.