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
Economics 200: Microeconomics 3
Historical Perspective 3
Core 100: First-Year Seminar 3
English 101 or 115: English Composition or Rhetoric 3
Foreign Language I 3
Core 101: Freshman Experience 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Economics 201: Macroeconomics 3
Theology 111: Ignatian Imagination 3
Biology 120/127 - Life: Ecology and People & Lab 3
Mathematics 140, 150 or 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
Economics 320: Natural Resource Economics 3
Sustainability 301: Cultural Studies & Sustainabilty 3
Biology 250/251: Ecology & Lab 4
Statistics 210: Statistics for Business I 3
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Economics Sustainability Elective I 3
Management 322: Managing for Sustainability 3
Statistics 211: Statistics for Business II 3
Philosophy 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
Economics 341: Economics of Developing Countries 3
Economics 305: Microeconomics Analysis 3
Economics Sustainability Elective II 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Economics 421: Environment, Economics & Policy 3
Sustainability 401: Sustainable Econ Development 3
English 205: Literature & Moral Imagination 3
General Elective 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
Economics Sustainability Capstone Elective 1
Economics Sustainability Elective III 3
Theological Perspectives 3
Creative Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 2
Second Semester Semester Hours
Economics Sustainability Capstone Elective 2
Environmental Policy Seminar 3
General Elective - Practicum or Internship Preferred 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 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.

98% of students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

98%

of students are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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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.

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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

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