Undergraduate Program (BA)

Economics, Sustainability and Society

Future growth in almost any sector is impossible without sustainable practices. At Xavier, you'll gain the skills to solve sustainability challenges in economic, social and cultural settings. You'll also get a solid understanding of how sustainable economies work and thrive, including the study of natural resources, social issues and environmental problems.

Sample Four-Year Economics, Sustainability and Society Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
ECON 200: Microeconomics (Soc. Science Elec.) 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar: environmental topic preferred 3
Historical Perspective: environmental topic preferred 3
English 101 or 115: English Composition or Rhetoric 3
Foreign Language I 3
Core 101: Freshman Experience 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
ECON 201: Macroeconomics (recommended for ECOS) 3
THEO 111: Ignatian Imagination 3
Scientific Perspectives: BIOL 120 Life: Ecology and People (2), w/Lab (1)--or other BIOL w/Lab preferred 3
MATH 140 or 150: Elements of Calculus or MATH 170 (Mathematical Perspectives) 3
Foreign Language II 3
Core 102: Freshman Experience 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
ECON 320: Environmental, Natural Resource & Ecological Economics 3
SUST 301: Cultural Studies & Sustainability 3
BIOL 250 Ecology (3) & 251 Lab (1) (preferred Natural Science Elective) 4
STAT 210: Statistics for Business I 3
PHIL 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
ECOS Elective I -- select from approved courses* 3
MGMT 322: Managing for Sustainability 3
STAT 211: Statistics for Business II** 3
PHIL 200 (Philosophical Perspectives) 3
General ElectivE - Practicum or Internship preferred 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
ECON 341: Economics of Developing Countries 3
ECON 305: Microeconomics Analysis 3
ECON Elective II -- Select from approved courses* 3
General Elective or Minor 3
Humanities Elective: environmental or justice topic preferred 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
ECON 421: Environment, Economics & Policy 3
SUST 401: Sustainable Econ Development 3
English 205: Literature & Moral Imagination: environmental or justice topic preferred 3
General Elective or Minor 3
General Elective: Practicum or Internship Preferred 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
SUST 495 Capstone Elective: Experiential Integrative Project 2
ECOS Elective III - select from approved courses* 3
Theological Perspectives: environmental or justice topic preferred 3
Creative Elective 3
General Electives or Minor 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
SUST 495 Capstone: Experiential Integrative Project 1
Environmental Policy Seminar -- 345/POSC 344 or other approved course 3
General Elective - Practicum or Internship preferred 3
General Elective or Minor 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

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, Sustainability and Society major at Xavier:

Natural Resource Economics (ECON 320) - Economic analysis of managing the environment and allocating natural resources. Historical roots and ethical consequences of existing problems and policies are explored.

Economics, Environment & Policy (ECON 421) - Analysis of concepts and models concerning economics and the environment, with applications to policy questions. Project work focuses on particular natural resources or ecosystem services.

Cultural Studies & Sustainability (SUST 301) - Drawing on sociology, literary criticism, history, and post-colonialism studies, students will examine the relation between sustainability and theories of culture as a site of resistance and negotiation where different groups compete for recognition, representation, and power. Students will consider sustainability as a cultural construction, and compare different cultural processes and practices surrounding the notion of sustainability.

Ecology (BIOL 250) - The relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environments.

100% of Xavier Economics, Sustainability & Sociey Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Economics, Sustainability & Sociey Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

STAND OUT IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET

HOLISTIC RESEARCH

The economy should be seen as part of our earth's ecosystem, not vice versa. Learn from professionals in the field who understand that care for the whole planet (economically, environmentally and spiritually) is essential for its survival.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

At Xavier, you'll gain the skills and confidence to inform and mobilize public opinion, as well as government and organizational policies, to facilitate sustainable economies and organizations.

INTERN FOR EXPERIENCE

At Xavier, you get to take what you learn in the classroom into the world and grow your knowledge through internships with leading green companies in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Xavier by the numbers

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

75,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

98%

SUCCESS RATE

ALL

STUDENTS COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP

The Xavier Experience. There's Nothing Like It.

The Xavier Experience. There's Nothing Like It.

Play Video

AFTER GRADUATION

Students leave Xavier ready to make a difference in the world. Aside from graduate school, economics majors have many jobs to choose from, including

  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainability manager
  • Economist
  • Consulting Analyst
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Survey Researcher

Xavier is in the heart of Cincinnati

Cincinnati More Fortune 500 companies per capita than
Los Angeles, New York or Chicago
Discover the Queen City »