Economics

The economics major in the School of Business 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. 

Economic Career Paths

For the BA Degree - Economics Major

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

  • 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)

  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Senior Seminar

Option 1: Career in Economics or Business Economics

General Economics Emphasis

  • Approved ECON Elective Classes (18 units)

Business Economics Emphasis

  • 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

  • Money and Banking
  • Financial Economics
  • Approved ECON Elective Classes (12 units)
Additional classes to consider:
  • Financial Management
  • Investments
  • Advanced Corporate Finance

Real Estate Emphasis

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mathematical Economics
  • Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)
Additional classes to consider:
  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Calculus III

Law School

  • Law and Economics
  • Approved ECON Elective Classes (15 units)
Additional classes to consider:
  • Business Law I
  • Negotiation in a Global Business Environment

PhD

  • 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