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Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Economics Major, B.B.A.


Business Economics is a specialized area of economics that uses economic and quantitative analysis to make strategic business, financial, and management decisions. Business economists study the allocation of scarce resources, and the resulting forces that shape our business, economy and society both locally and globally.

What careers can this major prepare you for?

An undergraduate degree in business economics can lead to many career opportunities in the public sector, financial institutions, marketing institutions, investment institutions, consulting firms, market research organizations, mergers and acquisitions departments, insurance companies, and international organizations. Business economics can serve as good preparation for graduate programs in economics, law, public administration, international affairs, management science, or business. Students should clearly define their goals and seek experiences and skills necessary to reach those goals. Samples of jobs held by CSU graduate with a finance degree include: financial analyst, economic forecaster, internal auditor, benefits analyst, claims examiner for the Social Security Administration, portfolio administrator, business analyst, bank manager, market research specialist, investment analyst, director of Finance.

What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: data acquisition and analysis techniques; critical thinking; report writing; competency with relevant software; communication; professionalism and ethics; and the ability to identify economic trends.

Hours Required for Degree

Minimum hours required for degree: 120

Minimum hours required for major: 33

Admission to major: Completion of all Monte Ahuja College of Business lower-division requirements.

Major-Field Requirements

In addition to the B.B.A. degree program’s required core courses, students must complete:

Honors Requirements (15 honors credits in addition to BBA requirements)

Honors Courses

Honors students in Business Economics would be required to take at least one honors course (3-4 credit hours)  from the College of Business and two honors courses from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science Department of Economics. All honors courses are created via a contract between the honors student and a cooperating Business faculty member (for the business contract course) or an Economics faculty member (for the two honors economics contract courses). The one business related honors course must be selected from the following business areas: Finance, Accounting, or Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Business Economic Courses

In addition to ECN 301 , honors students must complete four additional 300 - 400 level economics electives (including two honors courses in Economics) beyond the BBA core requirements for a minimum of 15 credits.


The honors candidate must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5.

*Business Economics Honors students, interested in pursuing advanced degrees, are encouraged to take MTH 181  - 182  instead of MTH 148  - 149 .