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Economics at the Saint Francis University Shields School of Business educates students to participate in the decision-making process of allocating scarce resources and prepares them to function as informed and responsible citizens in a free market economy. Students interested in the more quantitative aspects of business and public policy typically enjoy and thrive in economics classes. 

  • Economics

    Economics: It's much more than you think.

    In the macroeconomic dimension, students learn the basic forces underlying the economic organization of society, the theory of national income, aggregate supply and demand, unemployment, inflation, taxation, money and banking, and governmental fiscal policy. 

    • Majors & Minors
    • Economics B.S. + MBA
    • Career Opportunities
    • Economics Curriculum
    Majors & Minors


    Many business students double-major to increase their marketability and career prospects. Learn more about double majoring >>


      Economics B.S. + MBA

      Five-year Economics to MBA Program, B.S. - Course Catalog Major Requirements

      Students who wish to also complete their MBA can choose the "Five-Year Fast-Track" curriculum (requirements link above) and achieve both an undergraduate Economics B.S. and a MBA in five years. 

      Career Opportunities

      You have the opportunity to differentiate yourself with the unique SFU experience. Internship opportunities will be made available from many economic policy organizations. The major will prepare you for a career in banking in private industry or as a researcher/regulator for the Federal Reserve. The major also would serve those interested in a career in public policy, other government agencies, as a financial analyst, or financial/economic consulting.

      Some recent Economic graduates are doing quite well:

      • 2013: Director, Business Development BYD Company Ltd., Los Angeles, CA; Portfolio Administrator, Gibson Capital, Pittsburgh, PA
      • 2014: Financial Control Analyst, JP Morgan Chase, Middletown, DE
      • 2015: Teaching Assistant, Ph.D. Program in Economics, Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; MA Fellow, MA Program in Economics, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, VA
      • 2016: Client Relationship Specialist, Vanguard, Malvern, PA
      Economics Curriculum

      You will have many opportunities to work one-on-one or in small groups with the faculty. Students are encouraged to participate in the Society of Economic Analysis (SEA). The SEA provides students with the opportunity to compete in a national competition known as the College Federal Reserve Challenge as well as other regional competitions. The club also works on research projects, prepares editorials in local newspapers, organizes events to increase economic literacy on campus, and has taken trips to the New York stock exchange and the IMF in Washington, D.C. Select students have also participated in both undergraduate and professional research conferences.

      Students are required to complete an independent research project before graduation. Applied skills in analyzing and interpreting data, econometrics, and econometric software will be taught and practiced inside and outside of the classroom. These are all marketable skills in the job market.

      Economics Course Catalog