Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Economics Degrees

The study of economics equips students to understand how businesses, households and governments interact to determine the success or failure of firms and the well-being of individuals. It also enables students to uncover cause and effect, so that they can make sound decisions, not only in finance and banking but also in public health, policymaking, global relations and many aspects of everyday life.

From evaluating how a change in healthcare may impact a hospital’s population to examining a grocery store’s ability to change produce prices, economics helps people solve social problems and make sound business decisions. Thus, the skills of economists are highly sought by both industry and government.

Why Major in Economics?

Students who seek a degree in economics will find they have a wide range of possible career options. Because economic principles inform business decisions and public policy, students with economics degrees are prepared for diverse positions in business, non-profits and government. While most economics programs are housed within colleges of liberal arts, our School of Economics’ unique home in the LeBow College of Business sets our graduates apart, as they are readily able to take electives in business in addition to courses in other colleges. LeBow teaches economics as an applied discipline, enriched and solidified by the experiential learning opportunities of the Drexel Co-op program.

Our undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both of which offer coursework in economics within the context of a general scientific and humanities curriculum.

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Degree Options

Bachelor of Science in Economics

LeBow’s STEM-designated Bachelor of Science in Economics provides a broad education with a focus on quantitative methods and professional skills. In addition to earning a degree as an economics major, students can also choose from two concentrations - business economics or mathematical economics - or they can develop depth of knowledge in a secondary field outside of economics through our coordinate field option.

Bachelor of Science with a Combined Major in Behavioral Economics, Business and Organizations - NEW

The STEM-designated Bachelor of Science with a combined major in Behavioral Economics, Business and Organizations integrates economic modelling with insights from behavioral sciences to analyze and predict human behavior in economic contexts and organizations. The program combines interdisciplinary coursework in economics, psychology, consumer behavior and organizational behavior with comprehensive training in quantitative research methods. Students will learn how to model behavior, collect and analyze choice data, conduct experiments, and design interventions to shape individual decisions and organizational outcomes. Students receive a strong foundation for graduate studies in social and behavioral sciences as well as business. 

Bachelor of Science with a Combined Major in Economics and Business - NEW

Students in our STEM-designated Bachelor of Science with a combined major in Economics and Business study the functional fields of business while building a foundation in economics. After completing core courses, students select from a range of electives in both economics and business and have the flexibility to build skills in other areas of their interests through electives. Graduating with business acumen, skills in data analysis and economic decision tools, students in this area of study typically earn starting salaries higher than those of more traditional business or economics majors.    

  • To learn more about this degree, please contact Anthony Grangel, assistant director and academic advisor, at ajg35@drexel.edu.

Bachelor of Science with a Combined Major in Economics and Math - NEW

The STEM-designated Bachelor of Science with a combined major in Economics and Mathematics is intended for students with a strong interest in economics, applied mathematics and econometrics. This degree successfully prepares students for both career opportunities in the private sector or government as well as opportunities to continue their studies in graduate programs in economics or related fields. The combined BS in Economics and Mathematics emphasizes economics courses with more formal mathematical analysis and contains a higher math course requirement, thereby allowing students to understand and conduct more advanced research in economics and quantitative analysis. With 45 credits of free electives, the degree offers students the flexibility to take courses outside the combined major or transition from the combined major to a double major in economics and mathematics.

  • To learn more about this degree, please contact Anthony Grangel, assistant director and academic advisor, at ajg35@drexel.edu.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics introduces students to modern economics within the context of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum. The degree is oriented towards students with interests in the relation of economics to the other social science disciplines and humanities, and it provides an even broader liberal arts education than the BS in Economics. BA in Economics students combine their studies in economics with a major or minor in another field of study.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Drexel University’s BA degree Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), exemplifies Drexel’s commitment to comprehensive education at the intersection of thought and practice. A joint endeavor of the School of Economics, the Department of Politics, and the Department of English & Philosophy, the BA in PPE provides a multidisciplinary foundation for professionals and researchers who want to address the complex, interconnected challenges of contemporary life. It prepares students for a wide variety of excellent careers that require thoughtful analysis and engaged leadership including, but not limited to, public service, government, international and domestic business, law, community organizing, publishing, journalism, education, academic research, and more. The BA degree Philosophy, Politics and Economics is housed in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Minor in Economics

A minor in economics provides a solid background in the application of economic theory to markets. Students complete standard courses in micro- and macroeconomics that emphasize core training in economic decision making.

Minor in Behavioral Economics and Business

Decision-makers are drawing from a variety of fields to inform their choices, and social scientists are increasingly reaching across disciplines to model human behavior. Economists, for example, have brought insight from psychology into their field and created a new field within economics—behavioral economics. The minor in Behavioral Economics and Business offers students the opportunity to learn about decision-making from a variety of perspectives and should be of interest to those who wish to broaden their understanding of choices made by individuals, firms, governments and other agents.

Minor in International Economics

A minor in international economics provides students with a basic understanding of economics and exposes them to advanced topics dealing with international trade, multinational corporations and other aspects of international economics. The minor complements a variety of degrees, particularly for students interested in applying their major discipline to an international context or within a multinational corporation.

Questions?

All interested students should meet with an advisor. Make an appointment by emailing or calling the  Undergraduate Advising Office  at 215.895.2110.

    Average Co-op Weekly Pay: $680
    Top Co-op Recruiters:
    • CHUBB (formerly ACE USA)
    • Comcast Corporation
    • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
    • PECO, an Exelon Company
    • Susquehanna Int’l Group LLP
    Top Graduate Schools:
    • University of Chicago (MBA)
    • Columbia University (PhD)
    • London School of Economics (MS)
    • Princeton University (MS)
    • University of Arizona (PhD)
    • University of Maryland (MS)
    • University of Michigan (JD)
    Average Starting Salary: $70,800
    Full-time employment data reflects the class of 2020. Co-op data reflects academic year 2017-2018.

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