Economics BA

Program Features

Economics is the study of how decisions are made to optimally allocate the scarce resources of the world. Xavier students learn the impact of economics on society and learn to find solutions that make economies more productive and sustainable. 

Students study economics within the Jesuit tradition, which include an emphasis on liberal arts learning, ethics, responsibility and service. They also take advantage of faculty-mentored, for-credit internships and employment opportunities, utilizing campus' proximity to Cincinnati and its businesses.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Economics BA major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • ECON 200 - Microeconomic Principles............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy ............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 115 - Rhetoric............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ECON 201 - Macroeconomic Principles............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Theology 111 - Ignatian Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • MATH 140 (or 150 or 170) Calculus I............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 210 - Quantitative Methods............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Flag............ 3cr.
  • ECON 305 - Microeconomic Analysis............ 3cr.

Spring

  • BAIS 211 - Intro to Business Analytics............ 3cr.
  • Science Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • ECON 306 - Macroeconomic Analysis............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ECON 307 - Empirical Analysis In Economic............ 3cr.
  • Economics Elective............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • Economics Elective............ 3cr.
  • Oral Intensive Flag............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Writing Intensive Flag............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • ECON 494 - Capstone Experience in Economics (either Fall or Spring)............ 3cr.
  • Economics Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ECON 494 - Capstone Experience in Economics (either Fall or Spring)............ 3cr.
  • Economics Elective............ 3cr.
  • Economics Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Economics BA major at Xavier:

Microeconomic Principles (Econ 200) - Principles governing the efficient allocation of the nation's scarce resources. Economic behavior of consumers, producers, and resource owners.

Macroeconomic Analysis (Econ 306) - Theoretical foundations of macro models integrating real and monetary sectors in both open and closed economies. Controversies in modern macro theory, with emphasis on business cycle theory.

Applied Research Methods in Economics (ECON 480) - This course will provide an opportunity to learn about research design in applied microeconomics. Students will extend the theory they learn in their econometrics course to a wide variety of advanced empirical techniques that economists employ in pursuit of the holy grail of research—the causal effect.

Capstone Experience in Economics (Econ 494) - The primary aim of the course is to use economic theory and data analysis to conduct an original research project. In this course, students will learn how to decide on an appropriate research topic, formulate hypotheses using economic theory, fit the topic into a broader literature, collect and analyze data and write the capstone itself.

Clubs

Economics Student Club

Xavier students in the Economics Student Club learn about employment opportunities, take trips to area firms and host speakers while making a positive difference in the community. They also cultivate opportunities to meet and network with business leaders in Cincinnati, which can lead to employment opportunities.

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Outcomes

97% of students from Xavier's undergraduate STEM programs, including Economics, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

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Economics BA Major at Xavier University

Economics is an academic major with a long and proud tradition at Xavier University. Economics majors analyze such topics as optimal decision-making, market efficiency, profit maximization, cost-benefit analysis, inflation, unemployment, international trade, financial markets, forces of globalization, and governmental economic activity. The program has proven useful to people who have moved into positions in many of the functional areas of business and government. It is also excellent training for graduate study in business, in law, and in economics itself. The department also offers a BSBA in Economics through the Williams College of Business.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."