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The B.A. in Economics focuses on economic trends, evaluating competitiveness, and making strategic plans, as well as concepts of opportunity cost, sunk cost, and marginal analysis, important not only for managing the daily operations of an organization, but also for long-term investment decisions. The program combines insights from behavioral economics to human resource management, saving, investment, and wealth management decisions. Students acquire transferable skills that are excellent preparation for careers in business, industry, banking, and government, as well as graduate school in economics and social sciences or advanced professional education in law or business.

Graduates go on to work in auditing, environmental planning, market and economic analysis, budgeting, real estate, finance, insurance. Jobs include personal financial advisor, healthcare analytics specialist, financial analyst, statistician, and credit analyst.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D. 
Department Head, Social Sciences
brecht@rmu.edu
412-397-5419 

Brian O'Roark, Ph.D. 
University Professor of Economics  
oroark@rmu.edu
412-397-6386 

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN1220 READING AND WRITING STRATEGIES (or COSK2221 INTERCULTURAL COMM)
  • ECON1020 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
  • INFS1020 INTRO DECIS SUPPORT  SYSTEMS
  • SOCI1010 PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY (or SOCI1020 CONTEMP AMER SOCIAL PROBL)
  • HUMA1010 HUMANITIES ART & MUSIC

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSEN1221 ARGUMENT AND RESEARCH
  • ECON1030 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS 
  • POLS1020 AMER NATL GOVERNMENT 
  • MATH2040 FINITE MATH & APPLIED CALCULUS
  • PSYC1010 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM2220 PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PERSUASION
  • MGMT2100 STATISTICAL/QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS (or STAT2110 STATISTICS)
  • ECON3020 INTERMEDIATE MACROECONOMICS
  • HIST1100  US HISTORY I
  • OPEN ELECTIVE 

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM2230 BUS PROF COMMUNICATION
  • ECON3030 INTERMEDIATE MICROECONOMICS
  • ECON3400 MONEY & BANKING
  • CORE LITERATURE CLASS
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Fall

  • ECON3500 INTORDUCTION TO ECONOMETRICS
  • ECON ECONOMICS ELECTIVE
  • POLS1010 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Spring

  • ECON ECONOMICS ELECTIVE
  • GEOG1020 WORLD GEOGRAPHY
  • CORE NATURAL SCIENCE CLASS
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Fall

  • ECON4800 SENIOR RESEARCH PROJECT
  • ECON ECONOMICS ELECTIVE 
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Spring

  • ECON4803 ECONOMICS PRACTICUM
  • ECON ECONOMICS ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
Practicum Information

All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.

Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems. 

Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.

More details are available here.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Economics of Entrepreneurship
Principles of Macroeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Major Credits
42
Economics, Political Science
Core Credits
42
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
36

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