Economics (BSBA)

Program Features

Economics is the study of how wealth, goods and services affect the world and its economies. As an economics major in the Williams College of Business, you’ll learn the impact of economics on society and explore solutions that make economies more productive and sustainable. You’ll also be conducting original research during your senior capstone course, giving you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned about economic theory and analysis to a topic of your choice.

Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is nationally recognized as a top university by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and Forbes. 98 percent of our students, including those in the economics major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduation (Class of 2021).

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

Curriculum

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

Fall

  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • MATH 140 or 170: Calculus............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA First Year Experience............ 0cr.
  • BUAD 101: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Second Language Elective II............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 220: Management of Business Technology............ 3cr.
  • ECON 200: Microeconomics (Social Science)............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 102: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA First Year Experience 102............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 100: Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 210: Quantitative Methods............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 200: Introductory Financial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • ECON 201: Macroeconomics............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 201: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Scientific Perspectives & Lab............ 3cr.
  • ECON 300: International Trade & Business Environment............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 201: Introductory Managerial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 211: Introduction to Business Analytics............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 200: Organizational Management............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 202: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 201: Business & Professional Communication (OC/WRIT flags)............ 3cr.
  • FINC 300: Business Finance (QR flag)............ 3cr.
  • ECON 305: Microeconomic Analysis............ 3cr.
  • ECON Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 301: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 205: Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ECON 306: Macroeconomic Analysis............ 3cr.
  • ECON 307: Empirical Analysis in Economics............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 302: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Natural Science Elective and Lab............ 3cr.
  • BLAW 300: Legal Environment (ERS/DCR flags)............ 3cr.
  • ECON 494: Capstone Experience in Economics (fall or spring)............ 3cr.
  • ECON Elective............ 3cr.
  • ECON Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 401: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.

Spring

  • MGMT 302: Quality & Productivity in Operations............ 3cr.
  • ECON Elective............ 3cr.
  • Business Core Capstone............ 3cr.
  • Business Elective or Internship for Credit............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 402: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.
  • CORE 499: Reflection on the Core Curriculum............ 0cr.

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 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 Method 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 the 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.

Student Clubs

Economics Association

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.

Business Leaders for Tomorrow

Members of this student organization explore business processes firsthand by networking with and learning from various business leaders in Cincinnati and beyond. Events from past years have included trips to Silicon Valley and Chigaco, job shadowing days and guest lecturers.

Mathematics Club

The purpose of the Xavier University Mathematics Club is to promote the interest of mathematics at Xavier University and to aid mathematics students or anyone with an interest in math to promote an interaction among math undergraduates, graduates, and faculty.

Women In Business (XWIB)

Preparing and empowering women to be tomorrow’s leaders through professional training, personal development workshops, mentoring and service.

Career Outcomes

98% of Xavier students, including those in the economics major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating (Class of 2021).

Further Education: Law School, Ph.D in Public Policy related field, Ph.D in Economics

Top Jobs: Business Consulting, Market Analysts, Pricing Manager, Investment Banking, Financial Analysts, Campaign Manager, Operations Management, Account Executive

Top Companies: Macy’s, Kroger, Fifth Third Bank, US Bank, SC Johnson, 8451, Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, Federal Reserve Bank

All For One

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Cincinnati: A City of Opportunity for Economics Majors

A photo of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at night. Lights from the buildings reflect on the Ohio river. Many students in the economics major gain real world experience at internships across the city.

Cincinnati, Ohio features some of the largest companies in the world, which means students in the economics major have countless opportunities for careers, internships and mentorships at places like Kroger, Procter & Gamble, Fifth Third Bancorp, American Financial and Western & Southern Financial group. The city is ranked the #1 Best City for College Graduates (smartasset.com) and the #15 Best Place to Start a Career (WalletHub).


Going to College in Cincinnati

What is Jesuit Education?

Economics major sitting at a desk speaking to a professor who is sitting beside them.

A Xavier education is more than your typical college experience. Drawing on a Jesuit Catholic educational model which emphasizes ethics, responsibility and service, students in the economics major get the support they need to succeed and make a difference in the world. The result is an education that’s as encouraging as it is challenging, and as enriching as it is demanding.


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Continuing Education for Economics Majors

Economics major receiving her degree at commencement

For students interested in pursuing a graduate degree, including a PhD, Xavier offers a guide to what is expected and required, including test and class recommendations.


Tips for Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Economics

Reaching the Top With Margaret Weidner

How one Xavier student used her connections at Xavier to land two internships, a research trip to the Indian Himalayas and launch her career with one of the largest financial accounting firms in the world.

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Economics Major at Xavier University

Economics is an academic major with a long and proud tradition at Xavier University. The BSBA in Economics is a four-year program that is a minimum 120-hour undergraduate degree. 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 Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree through the College of Arts & Sciences.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB-accredited schools offer students a relevant and challenging curriculum, the highest quality faculty and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

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."