Economics, Public Administration Concentration, B.S.

The Economics, Public Administration Concentration, B.S. program prepares you for careers in the public sector at either the local, state or federal level, as well as for graduate studies. Economics strongly complements the policy and institutional focus of public administration.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn to think like an economist: a systematic way of analyzing issues and problems that affect individuals, households, consumers, businesses and governments. The core courses give you the theoretical, technical and quantitative background to succeed in upper-level coursework, enabling you to successfully apply these skills to contemporary economic events.

What are the requirements for this degree?

You must complete 120 total credits for this degree. You will take a combination of general education courses, courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, mathematics/statistics courses, upper-level economics courses and a number of courses in public administration.

The Undergraduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Economics prepares you for many different careers in both the private and public sectors. Many economics majors will work as analysts (data, research, budgeting, financial, credit, marketing, supply chain), managers (for-profit and nonprofit businesses), actuaries or in sales (insurance, financial, manufacturing).

If you are interested in pursuing economics in graduate school, a double major in mathematics is recommended.


What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

In the classroom, you will be exposed to the most up-to-date methods in economics. You will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art software and engage in independent research. Our dedicated, experienced and student-centered faculty are a great asset to you. Learning in small classes leads to personalized attention while you pursue your goals.

Outside of the classroom, you can work with faculty on research, serve as a department tutor and present your research at conferences both on and off-campus. The department also sponsors an Economics Club and has a local chapter of the national economic honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon. The department has successfully competed in the Fed Challenge, a student-team panel competition sponsored annually by the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank.