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Economists are invaluable because of their ability to use reasoning and data analysis to study the full range of human activity and their expertise in understanding the material world.

As a JMU economics major, you’ll gain a solid foundation of economic theory and policy that can lead to a wide variety of career options, including financial analysis and trading, consumer advocacy, economic analysis, communications and public administration. Our curriculum will develop your skills in critical thinking, research, writing and analysis. We emphasize a commitment to lifelong learning, which is critical in an ever-changing global economy.

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Among 5% of business programs with AACSB International accreditation

The major is a part of the Department of Economics, an academic unit within the College of Business.

As part of the nationally recognized JMU College of Business, the economics major fosters an understanding and appreciation of economic forms of explanation and their relationships to other social sciences. The major will provide students with an intellectual foundation for the appreciation and understanding of economic theory and policy that stresses the importance of imaginative thinking, free inquiry and the pursuit of life-long learning. In this way, the program prepares students with the economic literacy necessary to cope with the challenges inherent in a world of accelerating change.

Economics majors are generally educated students, who go on to develop their analytical, investigative and research skills. With this major, students will 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. Students with a good background in this field are competitive in the job market.

Economics
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.B.A. in Economics
    • B.A. in Economics
    • B.S. in Economics
  • Concentrations: 
    • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    • Financial Economics
    • International Economics
    • Political Economy
    • Quantitative Economics
    • Socioeconomics
  • Minors: 
    • Economics

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