Economics at Texas State University-San Marcos
Majors in Economics Offers a Wide Variety of Career Choices
Economics majors have a variety of career choices including business management, finance, international affairs, government, entrepreneurship, insurance, manufacturing, military, retail, and utilities:
· Large corporations employ market analysts to help make pricing and production decisions for their products, to evaluate government regulations, and to forecast future demand and supply conditions within their industries.
· Government agencies offer extensive employment opportunities including international trade, transportation, agriculture, urban economics, and regulation and supervision of financial institutions and utilities.
· Economics is an especially good major for students who would like to own and operate their own business.
For more information on careers in Economics, go to http://www.bls.gov/ and click on “Career Guides”.
Career Flexibility and Adaptability
Economics is currently enjoying a surge in popularity nationwide as a choice of major among college students. With today’s rapidly changing workplace, most people will change jobs several times during their careers. A valuable college education is one that teaches individuals how to succeed in a variety of different situations.
Critical and Logical Thinking
At the heart of economics lies the study of the behavior of consumers, producers, and governments. Economics emphasizes the major strategic decisions facing businesses and governments, including setting prices, investing in plant and equipment, hiring workers, and determining policy. Courses in Economics emphasize critical and logical thinking and a commitment to lifelong learning. Students learn how to ask the right questions, work with numbers, and develop their written communication and computer skills.
Excellent Preparation for Graduate School
Economics provides excellent preparation for graduate school. Economics majors perform very well relative to other majors on the GMAT and LSAT exams. A 1998 study showed that among the 14 majors that had more than 2,000 students taking the LSAT, economics majors received the highest average score.
Texas State Degree Programs in Economics
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Economics majors pursuing the BBA degree must take the Texas State business core curriculum and typically enter careers in business or attain graduate degrees in business or law.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Economics majors pursuing the BA degree have the flexibility to design a large part of their curriculum to suit their needs and enter careers in business, government, or education or attain graduate degrees in business, law or economics.
Economics as a Second Major
Because of its analytical nature and the wide variety of topics covered, a number of students choose Economics as a second major to go along with another major either in the College of Business Administration or in the College of Liberal Arts.
Students from a number of different colleges choose Economics as a minor field.
Specialty Tracks for Economics Majors
Students may choose from two tracks within the Economics degree –- Business Economics or The Global Economy -- or mix and match courses as they choose. All students must take the core of Principles of Micro- and Macroeconomics and Intermediate Micro- and Macroeconomics.
Business Economics Track (Choose 4 of 5)
Business Enterprise and Public Policy
Money and Banking
We recommend that students choosing the business economics track take six elective hours in Accounting.
The Global Economy Track
Economic Growth and Development
Comparative Economic Systems
Latin American Economies