Economics is a cutting-edge social science that equips students for a wide range of professional and career opportunities, including business, law, politics and education. A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed describes economics as the "Just Right" major.  According to the Chronicle, economics has "the appropriate middle ground of skill preparation, analytic rigor, and intellectual excitement students look for in a major and that employers look for when hiring students." A degree in economics opens opportunities in many fields and provides excellent preparation for those who want to pursue advanced study in a variety of disciplines.

CBPP's Economics Department is particularly strong in experimental economics with a new, state-of-the-art lab that is used for both research and teaching.

The Economics program offers courses for both degree and non-degree-seeking students. Students who want to major in Economics can choose either the Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor in Economics is also an option.

Faculty in Economics are active scholars who consistently publish research and collaborate on a wide range of research projects. Current Economics faculty working papers are available online.


BBA in Economics

The BBA in Economics gives students a broad-based business background and to provide a solid foundation to prepare graduates for careers in managerial and non-profit organizations and government agencies. The electives focus on providing a solid business background and the degree programs offer a 'big picture' outlook of the different functions of organizations.

Economics is often called the “science of choice” based on assumption that we live in a world characterized by limited resources and unlimited human material wants. Economics is the study of how people allocate resources and uses methodologies, models, and theories to help understand, explain, and predict economic phenomena. Economists typically spend a great deal of their time testing models and applying these models to the real world to help predict human behavior.

Students majoring in economics typically find jobs in education, law, banking, small business, and other fields having to do with general citizenship.

Students should carefully review both the BBA and BA Economics requirements to choose which degree type will best suit their personal and professional goals.


BA in Economics

Economics is a social science that mainly studies how individuals, organizations, and governments make choices about the use of resources. A Bachelor of Arts in Economics prepares students for career opportunities in many fields and provides excellent preparation for graduate studies in a variety of disciplines. The bachelor of arts in economics isn’t a a business degree and does not require the typical business courses needed for other business degrees. The BA in Economics encourages a broad range of electives that complement the economics degree and expand employment prospects for students with economic interests.

Math skills are essential in the study of economics. For this reason, students are encouraged to complete their math requirements early in the program. Students interested in graduate studies should to take the entire calculus sequence (MATH A200, A201, and A202).

Students earning the BA in Economics at UAA are able to:

  1. Understand the economic way of thinking and apply it to a wide variety of issues and problems.

  2. Understand economic concepts and analytical skills and apply them to economic problems.

  3. Demonstrate a basic descriptive knowledge of the U.S. and world economies.

  4. Understand the role of institutions, especially markets and government, in shaping economic outcomes.

  5. Obtain and analyze relevant economic data to test hypotheses against evidence.

  6. Write clearly about economic issues.

  7. Explain and defend ideas orally.