Economics B.A. or B.B.A.
Explore the economics bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska AnchorageEconomics provides skills that can be used to make decisions and explore a wide range of questions related to human behavior. It can also be applied to a variety of professional fields, including business, law, politics and education. UAA offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in economics, with convenient online options for lower and upper division courses.
Undergraduate research in the economics program
UAA faculty include Ph.D. trained economists, some of whom have joint appointments with the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). Research areas include natural resource economics and experimental and behavioral economics. Faculty have co-published peer-reviewed articles with undergraduate students, and many UAA students participate in research-oriented internships such as applied public policy research at ISER.
Get help with tuition and education costs. UAA offers a number of scholarships for economics majors as well as other financial aid opportunities though the College of Business and Public Policy. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.
Did you know..
The UAA economics bachelor’s degree program is ranked in the top 10 percent of institutions internationally in the field of experimental economics.
What can you do with an economics degree from UAA?
A bachelor’s degree in economics provides a well-rounded business education that you
can apply to a variety of professional fields and advanced study programs.
Economics graduate programs
UAA economics alumni have been admitted to excellent master’s degree and Ph.D. programs including Purdue, Oregon, Harvard, Duke, Oxford, Cambridge, George Washington University and others. Graduate degree options include:
- Economics (M.A., M.S. and Ph.D.)
- Law (J.D.)
- Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Political Science (M.A. and Ph.D.)
- Public Policy (M.A. and Ph.D.)
- Public Administration (M.A.)
UAA alumni have received excellent placements at the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Census, the State of Alaska and various private companies. Career opportunities for economics program alumni include jobs in economic consulting, business, law, policy, academic research and scholarship.
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Economics bachelor’s degree program highlights
Led by world-class scholars, the economics program features outstanding undergraduate research opportunities and opportunities to gain practical career experience. The following are some of the top reasons to major in economics at UAA.
- Work one-on-one with top faculty. Unlike many larger colleges and universities, tenure track faculty teach all core upper division courses and almost all lower division courses in UAA’s economics program. Faculty also provide strong support when you apply for graduate schools or employment.
- Take part in undergraduate research opportunities. At UAA you’ll have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and pursue independent research. Faculty have co-authored publications with students and all students complete a comprehensive research paper prior to graduation.
- Get hands-on job experience. UAA economics majors have worked paid and unpaid internships for a variety of businesses and government agencies inside and outside of Alaska.
- Study economics overseas. The economics program offers study abroad opportunities with the University of the Arctic in Tromso, Norway. This exchange program allows students to take classes in Tromso at the cost of UAA tuition. Study abroad options are also available at other universities around the world.
- Interact with leading economics scholars. The Rasmuson Chair in Economics, the only fully privately endowed scholarly chair at the University of Alaska, brings leading economics scholars to the college, which allows for extended periods of interaction with students and faculty.
- Work in state-of-the-art facilities. Students and faculty use the Vernon Smith Economic Science Laboratory for research and teaching applications.
Economics bachelor’s degree curriculumThe Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in economics provides a broad-based business background and offers a 'big picture' outlook of the different functions of organizations. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in economics doesn’t require the typical business courses needed for business degrees and is ideally suited for students looking to double-major in complementary fields such as math, political science, English, history or law. Both degrees offer a variety of courses that emphasize experimental, behavioral and resource economics.
Top classes for economics majors
- Special Topics in Economics: The economics department has offered a variety of special topics courses including Fisheries Economics, Health Economics, Methods of Public Policy Evaluation, Economic Issues, and Applied Economic Modeling.