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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics introduces students to modern economics within the context of a broad liberal arts curriculum. The degree connects economics with other humanities and social science disciplines, and it provides an even broader liberal arts education than the BS in Economics. With 56 credits of free electives, it offers students the flexibility to add another major or minor and design a program in line with their interests.

Drexel’s School of Economics provides students with access to a wide variety of courses, a vast array of experiential learning opportunities, and the career resources needed to ensure they’re on the right path to achieving their career goals.

As a field of study, economics is a framework for understanding the world, and our students graduate with the tools to adapt to the changing needs of organizations and society. Furthermore, our students have some of the highest starting salaries of any Drexel undergraduates.

BA in Economics Curriculum

BA in Economics students engage with a recommended plan of study that includes courses such as:

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Economic Development
  • International Studies Electives
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political Science
  • Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems
  • Resource and Environmental Economics

The economics curriculum is supplemented by opportunities for experiential learning through the Drexel Co-op program as well as community-based initiatives. It also partners with Econsult Solutions, a Philadelphia-based economics consulting firm, for an annual conference on urban economics.

Learn more about degree course requirements
View the plan of study in the Drexel Catalog

Economics Faculty

Economics faculty members in Drexel’s School of Economics are leaders in trade, macroeconomics, industrial organization and behavioral economics. They ensure student success by engaging with topics that are timely and relevant to public policy and by mentoring undergraduates on joint research projects.

More Ways to Study Economics

In addition to the degrees and minors listed below, Drexel’s School of Economics has joined the Department of Politics and the Department of English and Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Drexel Co-op and Experience

Drexel Esport Business Student on Co-op

Over 100 years of industry partnership has taught us the value of an immersive education. We focus on ensuring students have access to a wide variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom to gain deep expertise, broad perspectives and the essential soft skills needed to succeed in business and in life.

Drexel Co-op

Through the Drexel Co-op program, economics majors balance six months of classroom learning with six months of full-time employment through University-approved employers. With plans of study that allow for up to three co-ops, students gain as much as 18 months of practical, hands-on experience in the workplace and the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in real-world settings — all before graduation.

Past co-op placements of economics majors include:

  • Comcast
  • IKEA Group
  • PECO

Learn more about Drexel Co-op at LeBow

Learn by Experience

In addition to the Drexek Co-op program, experiential learning opportunities abound at LeBow, including consulting courses, case competitions, international residencies, research projects, industry thought leader events, alumni mentorship and more. Through projects made possible by the Dana and David Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning and Drexel Solutions Institute, our students apply their learning on real and simulated challenges, working with organizations domestically and internationally from Unilever, the Philadelphia 76ers, Boeing and PwC to nonprofit and governmental partners.

Learn more about the Dornsife Office for Experiential Learning

Student Organizations

You’ll have many opportunities to engage outside of the classroom through student-run organizations, which will provide you with a community that shares your major, your heritage or any of the other unique characteristics that unite our diverse student population. With our student-run organizations, the opportunities to collaborate, network and engage are endless.

The Accounting Society helps undergrads understand the accounting curriculum, CPA Exam and networking through workshop, events and mentoring opportunities.

Providing extracurricular and networking opportunities within the field of marketing to make you competitive in today’s job market.

Committed to developing the next generation of Asian American leaders.

Empowering and developing Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy.

Providing extracurricular and networking opportunities within the field of law for students who are interested in the legal profession or legal careers.

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America's first co-ed professional undergraduate business fraternity.

The Drexel Consulting Group helps its members learn about and connect with consulting.

Encouraging people to explore the options available within economics as a career choice.

Broaden your financial knowledge and prepare for a career in finance by attending events, networking and participating in tournament events.

Drexel Hospitality Society exists to promote the enrichment and success of students interested in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts/Science fields.

Members are encouraged to deliver both short, impromptu speeches as well as longer prepared speeches and are evaluate by peers.

Join the DSBA at events that explore different facets of the sports industry and allow members to network with industry professionals.

Drexel Women in Business strives to provide its members with resources and opportunities to succeed in business, with a focus on the female professional.

The premiere leadership organization for Asian professionals.

Bringing together student leaders with interests in both business and engineering to promote their integration into one practice.

DUREC provides career development, educational events, mentorship and networking opportunities in real estate for students at Drexel.

SSA Drexel Chapter provides a platform for students to further explore finance beyond classroom engagement.

By enriching the knowledge and career development of our members, we encourage the interest and promote the growing importance of supply chain management.

Our mission is to provide students across all spectrums of majors with accessible resources to enhance and reinforce their competency in data analysis.

Careers and Network

A BA in Economics offers careers across a variety of fields, including domestic and international business, public policy and economic research. Employment opportunities include positions within government agencies, banks, consulting firms, think tanks, corporations and social service organizations. Graduates with a BA in Economics also have a solid foundation for law school, an MBA or other graduate programs, providing even more career possibilities.

Learn more about career opportunities in economics

Campus and Facilities

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Our 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, is located at the heart of the Drexel University campus, which is located in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, home to the city’s vibrant research and technology corridor. Being located in Philadelphia, and within a short distance of New York and Washington DC means Drexel LeBow students have access, not just to our 1700+ industry partners but also to a wealth of experience from leaders in the business, research and governmental fields.

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Our staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have about the application process, including which program is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Christian Maxey

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Programs and Recruitment

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