As an economics major at JMU, you’ll gain a solid foundation of economic theory and policy. 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. You’ll be prepared to go on to graduate or professional school, or for employment upon graduation.

Economics is an exciting discipline that can lead to a wide variety of career options, including commodities analysis and trading, consumer advocacy, economic analysis, journalism and public administration. For more information, download a printable fact sheet, and view Core courses, here.


We offer three degree options in economics:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

 The B.A. and B.S. options are grounded in a liberal arts approach that can lead to numerous career or graduate school options. The B.B.A. will prepare you for a career in business.

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We offer a minor in economics. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

The following disciplines are recommended as minors for students majoring in economics:

  • Business Analytics
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science

You may pursue studies in general economics or select one of our five concentrations:

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Socioeconomics
Course Descriptions

The economics major includes courses grounded in economic theory, but our cross-disciplinary approach incorporates concepts from other social sciences.

You can find links to course descriptions in the program pages of the catalog:

Independent Course Approval Form

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