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Economics (BA)

Economics allows students to develop critical thinking that helps them better understand the world around them.

Economics is the study of how individuals, firms and countries choose among alternatives. Using tools of economics analysis, economists evaluate the costs and benefits of courses of action in order to choose among alternatives. Economics majors develop ways of thinking that are analytical and rigorous. Many successful individuals such as Ronald Reagan, Ted Turner and Sandra Day-O’Connor have a degree in economics. Coastal Carolina University offers the Bachelor of Arts in Economics (BA) and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in economics. Both degree programs have concentrations in applied economic analysis and economic theory. Students completing the BSBA will have competencies in both micro and macro economics. A minor in economics is also available.

You may a good fit for a career in economics if any of the following describe your interests or attributes:

  • Money
  • Politics
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Current Events
  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Mathematical skills
  • Law
  • Business
The Student Experience

The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for business colleges.

For students who wish to continue their education, Coastal Carolina University offers a specialized Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, which provides instruction in accounting, finance, economics, management and marketing.

Students can apply for the Wall Fellows program, designed to prepare top business students for high-level careers in major U.S. and international corporations and organizations. This two-year program features internships and coursework covering specific interpersonal and communication skills, ethics, personal appearance, and business and social etiquette.

Beyond the Classroom

Economics graduates have many career opportunities with firms, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Economics graduates often obtain lucrative jobs in financial services, banking, government, health care, real estate and international organizations. In fact, more Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Fortune 500 firms majored in economics than any other discipline. Undergraduate training in economics provides excellent preparation for graduate work in economics, business administration, law, public administration and medicine. Economics majors, for example, consistently have the highest average test score on the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT).

Students majoring in economics move on to careers as:

  • Investment Bankers
  • Economic Analysts
  • Financial Analysts
  • Statisticians
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Trade Researchers
  • Consultants
  • Political Economists
  • Business Managers
Areas of Study
Concentrations areas

Applied Economic Analysis
Economic Theory

Sample courses
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic/Microeconomic Theory
  • International Political Economy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Sports
  • Economics of Entrepreneurship

For a complete list of courses, view the University Catalog »

Information

Dennis Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance
Chair, Department of Finance and Economics
Wall College of Business 301K
843-349-2130
dsedward@coastal.edu

Academic Advisers
Wall Center for Excellence
843-349-4187
wallcntr@coastal.edu 

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