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Economics (B.S.)

The B.S in Economics prepares students for the job market and graduate school by providing broad and deep training in the field of economics itself and by developing one's skills in critical thinking and analysis. Economics majors develop the aptitude to operate in a wide range of business entities and to succeed in graduate programs in business, social science and law. Graduates of economics exhibit strong scores in the graduate entrance examinations across the board. Course work includes both theory and application and is designed to build and develop student assessments of the world through an economics lens. As a long-standing field in academe, economics has extensive ties to mathematics, statistics, and philosophy as it pertains to economic, social, business and political environments. 

Students trained in economics are particularly strong candidates for jobs in business functions requiring strategic thinking, analytical skills, writing and presentations. Industries that highly value the undergraduate degree in economics include banking and finance, economic journalism, law, business, government service, and non-university teaching.

Recent News

April 2016: Econ Major Wins Dean's Award at Research Day 2016

April 2016: Econ Major Honored by The Association of Private Enterprise Education
                   Petra Besenhard Receives Award at APEE event in Las Vegas

April 2015: Interested in Grad School? - Recommended Math Courses in Preparation for Economics Ph.D.

January 2015: Personal Finance Cheat Sheet - Economics is on the List of 5 Most Useful College Degrees

September 2014: MoneyBox Blog - Want to Be Stinking Rich? Major in Economics

April 21, 2014: LCOB's Department of Real Estate, Economics and Finance hosted Prof. Robert Bish, a distinguished scholar on the economics of local government, for a guest lecture in Prof. Dean Stansel's course on Urban Economics.

Prof. Bish’s talk summarized his work on local government and local governance (including private alternatives like homeowners’ associations). He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria in Canada, where he co-founded the Local Government Institute, and has continued to work and publish with the Institute since his retirement in 1998.

 Professor Bish

Professor Bish


He is currently Academic Chair of the Board for the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics, which develops university courses in market oriented economic development for Natives in Canada. Bish earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University in 1968 and served in departments or schools of economics, public affairs, public administration, and urban studies at the universities of Washington, Southern California, and Maryland before joining the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria in 1981. He has been included in Who’s Who in Economics since its very first edition, where selection for inclusion is based on the number of times an economist’s work is cited by other scholars in academic work. Prof. Bish has consulted with numerous governments in both the U.S. and Canada. He is now retired and lives in Bonita Springs part-time.

Professor Bish's Bio