Whether you want to track wages and spending, provide economic forecasts, perform a risk analysis, or conduct research, our Economics major will prepare you. We combine a liberal arts education with economic theory, giving you the ability to address challenges in our global economy.
Our graduates work at Deere & Company, Caterpillar, Northwest Bank & Trust, and professional basketball, baseball, and hockey franchises.
- Small Classes
- Learn from Experts in the Field
- Coordinated Double Majors
You will benefit from our personalized attention, faculty who share their real-world business experience, and internships that allow you to contribute rather than observe.
More Information on the Economics Program
Courses include micro- and macroeconomics, public finance, data analysis, law, quantitative analysis, statistics, and economic theory. Additionally, you can study international, environmental, banking, real estate, and labor economics.
You could also double major or minor in International Business or International Studies. The global knowledge you gain can take you anywhere. We offer many study abroad opportunities. See below for more information.
You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.
You can study in another country – without paying extra tuition – in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.
There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.
SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing - personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically. Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.
The SAU College of Business has a comprehensive internship program to give you quality hands-on, marketable experience. Economics students have interned at many regional and national corporations, including the Rock Island Arsenal, Deere & Company, and Merrill Lynch.
You can work for financial service companies, insurance firms, lending organizations, marketing and environmental agencies, and production and manufacturing companies.
Many economists work for local, state and federal governments, analyzing productivity, wages, and employment. You could also work for a research firm or think tank, or international company and organization.
- Steve Taets '07 is Assistant VP at Farmers National Bank in Geneseo, Ill.
- Tirelo Morake '13, '16 MBA was a triple threat with majors in Finance, Economics, and Management. As a student, he interned at Olympic Steel and today he is an Investment Banking Analyst for Rush Street Capital in Chicago. "I was able to take advantage of extracurricular activity and really go out of my way to classes to make sure I got every minute's worth. I found it easy adapting to corporate America."
2.25 GPA minimum required in major courses.
ACCT 201 Accounting Principles I
ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 313 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON 400 Senior Capstone Seminar in Economics
ECON 447 Econometrics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
FNCE 301 Financial Valuation in the Corporation
FNCE 302 Investments: Security Analysis in a Global Environment
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 349 Strategic Management & Policy
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
PHIL 305 Business Ethics
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio (1 credit)
Choose three from the following (15 credits):
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 316 Real Estate Economics and Finance
ECON 321 Labor Economics
ECON 323 Public Finance
ECON 327 Industrial Organization
ECON 329 Economic Development and Growth
ECON 330 Economic Analysis of Institutions
ECON 331 International Economics
ECON 335 Environmental Economics
ECON 375 Law and Economics
This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a bachelor's degree in Economics. This plan assumes the student has not completed three years of foreign language in high school.
If you have questions, send an email to Department Chair Dr. Jim Bang.
|ECON 201||3||ECON 202||3|
|Foreign Language 101||3||Foreign Language 102||3|
|BIOL + lab||4||Elective||3|
|MATH 191||4||ECON 313||3|
|ECON 312||3||STAT 300||3|
|PHIL 102||3||PHIL 305||3|
|ECON 331||3||ECON ELECTIVES||6|
|Total credits||15||Total credits||16-17|
|ECON 400W||3||ECON ELECTIVES||6|
|Total credits||16||Total credits||15|
** One semester in the junior year reserved for Study Abroad
STBE 237 or equivalent;
ECON 201, 202, 312, 313;
and two upper level ECON elective courses.
Click here to read course descriptions for Economics
Meet one of our alums
Tyler Edwards Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Class of 2006 and 2014 (MBA) Current Occupation: Investment Center Operations Manager at Quad City Bank and Trust "St. Ambrose's community is what sets the school apart from all others. The strong relationships I have built through SAU have helped me personally and professionally." Drew Gerding Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics, Class of 2014 Current Occupation: HR Operations Associate for Mesirow Financial, Chicago
Triple Major: Finance, Accounting & Business Economics,Class of 2021
Damon became an Ambrosian in 2017 and his ties to SAU became stronger. As a leading Midwestern university committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service, we mirror Damon’s academic and personal values.