Business Economics, Bachelor of Science (724)
David M. Zimmer, email@example.com
Economics is the study of how humans decide how to use the limited resources they have. Economic principles are at the core of decision-making by businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, individuals, and families, because the limited resources are not just money and raw materials – they are also time, attention, computing resources, food, water, hospital beds, or seats on a crowded subway. Economics is also a study of how individuals can create wealth though specialization and trade, as well as the role markets play in making this wealth creation possible.
The Business Economics major combines courses in economics with those in accounting, business data analytics, finance, management, and marketing. Data analysis is one of the core skills in economics, and the students in this major will have an opportunity to develop strong data skills that are highly valued by employers.
This combination of the economic way of thinking, core business competencies, and data-analytic skills prepares students for many different employment opportunities. Our graduates pursue careers in finance, banking, insurance, local and federal governments, public utilities, research institutions, education, and international organizations. They hold a wide variety of jobs such as economist, loan officer, forecast analyst, financial analyst, business consultant, data analyst, energy analyst, bank examiner, research analyst, broker, market research analyst, policy analyst, professor, lawyer and many more. This multitude of possible career paths is what is great about choosing an economics major. Economics gives students an excellent foundation for employment in many areas of business and government service, as well as for advanced graduate studies.
Business Economics majors may also pursue the Joint Undergraduate/Master's Program, an accelerated graduate program that allows students to start working toward their Master of Arts in Applied Economics while completing their Bachelor's degree. Undergraduate students admitted into JUMP may take graduate courses that will count toward BOTH undergraduate and graduate degrees which will significantly lower the cost of obtaining a Master's degree. For more information, visit the department website https://www.wku.edu/economics/
Program Requirements (72 hours)
A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.
Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.
The Business Economics major does not require an additional minor or major, but the structure of the program leaves enough room for students to complete a minor or certificate, especially if that minor or certificate is in the Gordon Ford College of Business.
|Business Foundations Courses|
|MATH 123||Mathematical Applications for Business||3|
|ACCT 110||Accounting for Decision Makers||3|
|ECON 202||Principles of Economics (Micro)||3|
|MGT 210||Organization and Management||3|
|MKT 220||Basic Marketing Concepts||3|
|BDAN 250||Introduction to Analytics||3|
|FIN 330||Principles of Finance||3|
|MGT 498||Strategy and Policy||3|
|or ENT 496||Small Business Analysis and Strategy|
|Career Preparation Courses|
|BA 170||Business Student Basics 1||1|
|or BA 175||University Experience-Business|
|or BA 220||Special Topics in Business Administration (Lower Division)|
|MGT 261||Business Communication Fundamentals||3|
|ECON 399||Career Readiness in Economics||1|
|ECON 499||Senior Assessment||1|
|ECON 203||Principles of Economics (Macro)||3|
|ECON 302||Microeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 303||Macroeconomic Theory||3|
|ECON 306||Statistical Analysis||3|
|or ECON 307||Financial Data Modeling|
|ECON 375||Moral Issues of Capitalism 2||3|
|or ECON 390||Economics, Law, and Public Choice|
|or ECON 434||The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination|
|ECON 414||Managerial Economics||3|
|ECON 465||Regression and Econometric Analysis||3|
|Select 12 hours from the following: 2||12|
|Select 6 hours from the following:||6|
|Principles of Financial Accounting|
BA175 (1 hour) is only for Business LLC students. BA220 (3 hours) is only for WKU students and transfer students who choose a business major as a sophomore or higher.
Some upper-level electives may satisfy Colonnade Connections requirements: ECON 375 is in the Social and Cultural category, and ECON 385 and ECON 430 are in the Local to Global category. Note, only one of these courses can be used to satisfy the Connections requirement - the rest must be taken from other disciplines.
Finish in Four Plan
|BA 170||1||ACCT 110||3|
|COMM 145||3||ECON 203||3|
|ECON 202 (Colonnade Explorations - Social and Behavioral Sciences)||3||HIST 101 or HIST 102||3|
|ENG 100||3||Colonnade Explorations - Arts & Humanities||3|
|MATH 123||3||Colonnade Explorations - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab||3|
|ECON 206||3||MKT 220||3|
|ENG 200 (or another approved Colonnade Foundations - Literary Studies course)||3||BDAN 250||3|
|MGT 261||3||Colonnade - Connections Social & Cultural or Local to Global or Systems||3|
|MGT 210||3||Colonnade - Connections Social & Cultural or Local to Global or Systems||3|
|Colonnade Explorations - Natural & Physical Sciences w/o lab||3||General Elective||3|
|ECON 302||3||ECON 303||3|
|ECON 306 or ECON 307||3||ECON Elective||3|
|ECON 375, ECON 390, or ECON 434||3||ECON Elective||3|
|Colonnade - Connections Social & Cultural or Local to Global or Systems||3||FIN 330||3|
|Business Elective||3||Business Elective||3|
|ECON Elective||3||ECON 414||3|
|ECON Elective||3||ECON 499||1|
|ECON 4651||3||MGT 498 or ENT 496||3|
|ENG 300 (Colonnade Foundations - Writing in the Disciplines)||3||General Elective||3|
|General Elective||3||General Elective||3|
|Total Hours 120|
It is recommended that ECON 465 should be taken during the second to last semester as it will help student prepare for the Senior Seminar. ECON 465 should not be taken concurrently with ECON 499.