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Top Ten Reasons

to Major in Economics

at JMU

Top Ten Reasons to Major in Economics at JMU



Economics prepares you for a career, not just a job.

Employers today are looking for students with analysis and research skills and writing ability. Courses in economics at JMU develop these skills and abilities, even as they help you understand business, politics, markets and the global economy. Recent JMU economics graduates have been hired by top-notch employers.


Economics is highly regarded by graduate schools as well as employers.

Graduate study of law, business, public policy or social science calls for critical thinking abilities and a solid analytical foundation. JMU economics graduates have gone on to distinction in a variety of graduate programs, as well as in employment directly after graduation.


Economics works well as a double major or minor.

B.A. and B.S. students in fields such as political science and public administration find that economics major requirements are a good match for their undergraduate programs. B.B.A. (business) students from all fields can also complete a major or minor in economics, adding that dimension to their preparation, without taking a large number of prerequisites.


Economics is taught by an excellent faculty at JMU.

Among the accomplishments of the economics faculty are: winning the University-wide distinguished teaching award, publishing articles in national and international research journals, consulting for businesses, supervising hundreds of students in JMU programs abroad, and being quoted in The Wall Street Journal.


Economics provides a good start toward a fulfilling career.

Economics majors are generally educated students who have gone on to develop their analytical, investigative and research skills. Economics majors use their understanding of economics relationships and markets to work for manufacturing firms, financial services firms, consulting firms, the health care industries, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Economists with strong statistical backgrounds conduct research, analyze data and develop forecasts. Economics majors with a good background in the field are competitive in the job market.


Economics is liberal arts and economics is business.

Economics is the most practical of the liberal arts and is sought out by graduate schools and employers. It is also a highly respected academic business discipline.


Economics is a good choice for the undecided.

If you think you might want to get a job right after you earn your undergraduate degree, you can interview for a large number of jobs that call for economics majors and "any business major." If you decide to go on to graduate school, you will have an excellent background well respected by graduate admissions committees. As an economics major, you're not just qualified for a narrow range of opportunities -- and it's not one of those majors that requires graduate study to be employed in the field.


Economics lets you choose your undergraduate degree: B.A., B.S., or B.B.A.

You may combine your economics major with additional work in foreign language and philosophy to get a B.A., additional work in math and science to get a B.S., or core business studies to get a B.B.A.


Economics is well respected on campus.

Across JMU, people understand that economics is a solid academic major.


Economics is fun.

Not "ha-ha" fun, but the kind of fun that comes from being able to solve problems that puzzle and mystify the rest of the world. You'll understand the "most powerful of the social sciences," as economics has been called.