Economics

The economics major in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego is rigorous and comprehensive, providing you with training in problem solving, human behavior and decision-making and how they apply to real world economic challenges. The major equips you with the quantitative and critical thinking skills needed for successful careers in a variety of fields including government, banking, financial services, healthcare and more. An economics background also serves as excellent preparation for a wide range of graduate programs, including business, public policy, law and medicine.

  • Our undergraduate program is ranked number 14 for macroeconomics and number 12 for microeconomics, according to USA Today, and College Factual. 

ECONOMICS CAREER PATHS

For the BA Degree - Economics Major

 

Lower Division Preparation for the Major (19-20 units)

Course Title

Principles of Financial Accounting

Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of Macroeconomics

Statistics for Business and Economics

Information Systems

Survey of Calculus (or Calculus I)

Required Economics Classes for Major (12 units)

Course Title

Intermediate Microeconomics

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Applied Econometrics

Senior Seminar

Option 1: Career in Economics or Business Economics

General Economics Emphasis

Course Title

Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Business Economics Emphasis

Course Title

Managerial Economics

Industrial Organization

Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Operations Management

  Financial Management

  Fundamentals of Marketing

  

Option 2: Career in Business, Banking and Finance

Finance Emphasis

Course Title

Money and Banking

Financial Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Financial Management

  Investments

  Advanced Corporate Finance

 

Real Estate Emphasis

Course Title

Urban Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)

 

Additional classes to consider:

  Principles of Real Estate

  Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment

  Financing Residential Real Estate

 Accounting Emphasis

Course Title

Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Principles of Managerial Accounting

  Intermediate Accounting I

  Cost Accounting

  Accounting Information Systems

Supply Chain Emphasis

Course Title

Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Global Purchasing and Supply Management

  Strategic Cost Management

  Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

 

Option 3: Preparation for Graduate School

Master’s Degree

Course Title

Mathematical Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Calculus I

  Calculus II

  Calculus III

Law School

Course Title

Law and Economics

Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Business Law I

  Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

PhD

Course Title

Mathematical Economics

Forecasting

Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)

Additional classes to consider:

  Calculus I

  Calculus II

  Calculus III

  Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science

  Linear Algebra

  Real Analysis I