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. 

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