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Program Overview

bachelors degree in economics
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Professional economists are involved with investing, banking, valuation, finance, exchange and the international value of money. Additionally, economists can be concerned with international development, the environment, government and nonprofits.

Economics at Assumption provides you with an understanding of economic principles and the tools used in dealing with national and international issues.

The study of economics requires rigorous inquiry and analysis, quantitative and critical thinking skills, and effective written and oral communication abilities. These skills enable graduates to take their degree in many directions.

Assumption offers you the opportunity to tailor your interest in economics along three different tracks.


Economics Major

Majoring in economics allows you to study an array of economic topics and explore the field in order to determine which path best suits your interests.

Students who major in economics take 11 economics courses (33 credits). In addition, Assumption’s strong liberal arts curriculum provides students with the opportunity to select other courses from political science, mathematics, languages, geography, literature, philosophy and theology.

Economics major with a business concentration

Concentrating in Business allows you to gain a foundation in key business subject areas that will help you effectively direct your career toward a corporate setting.

Students take 15 courses (45 credits) including 10 economics courses (30 credits), 2 accounting courses (6 credits), 1 management course (3 credits), 1 computer science class (3 credits) and Calculus I (3 credits).

Economics major with an international concentration

Choosing the international concentration allows you to benefit from a strong economics foundation and exposure to Assumption's robust liberal arts curriculum to add other dimensions to your degree.

Students take 11 courses (33 credits) including 6 core economics courses (18 credits) and a choice of 5 other classes (15 credits) that are primarily economic, with one geography course available as an option.

Geography (major or minor)

Students can major or minor in Geography. A minor will be approved for a student who successfully completes six courses in geography. These courses normally are a mixture of physical and human geography courses as selected in consultation with the Department. Internships with local firms, social agencies or government offices are recommended whenever possible as part of a minor program. A major in Geography is available through a petition process and is excellent preparation for teaching opportunities. For more information on a major in Geography, meet with the department chair for Economics and Global Studies.



To minor in economics, students take 7 courses (21 credits). A minor is economics helps develop the strong quantitative, critical thinking and writing skills that will support any career.

Environmental Studies

In cooperation with the Department of Natural Sciences, students may expand their study of environmental problems with a minor in environmental studies. This program will appeal to students who have an interest in environmental policy.


Students who intend to seek employment in business after graduation might consider completing a minor in finance.

Law and Economics

A minor is law and economics helps develop the strong critical thinking and writing skills that will support any career. The Law and Economics minor allows students to combine economics, ethics and political science. The minor has five required courses and one required elective.