Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Study the allocation of resources in society.

Two students study economics together.

"You can tell the professors want you to do well and as long as you're willing to put in the effort, you'll walk away prepared for higher-level classes and your career."

Claire Reynolds ('25)

B.A. in Economics

About this Program

The Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Economics. Using mathematical and statistical models, economists consider how resources such as labor, land, money, and technology are distributed. Economics majors gain a broad understanding of the field of economics as well as skills in statistics, data analytics, research methodology, and communication. 

Students may choose between the B.A. and B.S. degrees in economics.

B.A. vs B.S.

  • The Bachelor of Arts degree has a social science perspective on the questions of economics. This degree prepares students for many positions in business and government. Students take a broader and deeper general education foundation and complete a minor field of study or double major.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree is a more technical and quantitative degree, and is more suitable for those students wishing to prepare for graduate study in economics or related disciplines. They are prepared for employment in the rapidly growing technical sector of the U.S. economy. The B.S. degree requires additional coursework in mathematics and statistics, as well as requiring the completion of more quantitative economics classes.

Economics majors in either degree program can choose from two option emphases:

  • Financial Economics
  • Law and Economics

The Value of an Economics Degree

The economics majors helps develop analytical skills, a strong quantitative background, and clarity and precision of expression. Knowledge of the operations of complex economic systems and their institutions provides skills applicable to a wide variety of job responsibilities in a number of occupational areas.

Related careers to economics include:

  • lawyer
  • actuary
  • policy planner
  • stock broker
  • bank examiner
  • faculty member
  • labor relations specialist
  • venture capitalist
  • cost analyst
  • market research analyst
  • development officer
  • controller
  • financial planner
  • marketing officer
  • chief financial officer
  • insurance analyst

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    Program Information

    Program Type



    Area of Study

    Social Sciences, Law, and Policy


    4 Years


    B.A. in Economics

    Program Location



    Financial Economics;
    Law and Economics

    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the economics major and minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.A. in Economics complete 30 credit hours of economics courses, including core courses and economics elective courses. Students also complete a minor field of study or double major.

    Core courses 

    • Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics
    • Econ 203: Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Econ 230: Economic Statistics I
    • Econ 398: Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Econ 399: Intermediate Macroeconomics

    5 elective courses at the 200 level or higher from:

    • Econ 201: Prin of Economics I
    • Econ 205: Sur-Economic Prin
    • Econ 301: Economic Stat I
    • Econ 302: Economic Statistics II
    • Econ 303: Money and Banking
    • Econ 305: Current Economic Topics
    • Econ 307: Applied Price Theory 
    • Econ 308: Operations Research
    • Econ 310: Engineering Economy
    • Econ 312: Law and Economics
    • Econ 320: Current Global Economic Issue
    • Econ 324: Experimental Economics
    • Econ 389: Internship
    • Econ 401: Government and Business
    • Econ 402: Econometrics
    • Econ 403: Mathematical Economics
    • Econ 406: Natural Resource Economics
    • Econ 407: Managerial Economics
    • Econ 408: Urban Economics
    • Econ 410: Financial Economics
    • Econ 417: Labor Economics
    • Econ 418: Sports Economics
    • Econ 422: Economic Growth and Development
    • Econ 425: American Financial History
    • Econ 453: An Economic History of the South
    • Econ 491: Directed Research in Economics
    • Econ 490: Directed Readings in Economics
    • Econ 502: Comp Econ Systems
    • Econ 504: Economic Issues in American History
    • Econ 505: Public Finance
    • Econ 506: Public Finance Administration
    • Econ 509: Econ Fluctuations
    • Econ 510: International Trade & Commercial Policy
    • Econ 513: History of Economic Thought
    • Econ 515: Meth-Statistical Analysis
    • Econ 520: Special Topics in Economics
    • Econ 522: Econ Growth/Develop
    • Econ 523: Manpower Plng/Eval
    • Econ 525: Economics of High-Tech Industries
    • Econ 540: Seminar in Economics
    • Econ 545: Game Theory and Strategic Thinking
    • Econ 554: Agribusiness
    • Econ 581: Collective Bargaining
    • Econ 582: Labor Relations
    • Econ 583: Labor Relations
    • Econ 584: Collective Bargaining
    • Inst 371: International Trade and Globalization
    • Bus 302: Business Statistics II

    The financial economics emphasis provides students a well-rounded background in monetary and financial institutions as well as the various different types of financial instruments that populate modern financial markets. The emphasis will not only teach students about corporate finance, portfolio theory, and asset pricing, but also about monetary and financial history and institutions. Students develop quantitative economic reasoning skills that prepares them for a career in policy, banking, and research.  

    Students must complete the following courses as part of their 5 elective economics courses:  

    • Econ 303: Money and Banking
    • Econ 410: Financial Economics
    • Econ 411: Asset Pricing
    • Econ 412: Financial Econometrics
    • Econ 425: American Financial History

    Students interested in attending law school after graduation should choose the law and economics emphasis. With tools of economic analysis, students will learn to predict the effects of particular legal rules, to explain why particular legal rules exist, and to analyze whether particular legal rules should exist. The law and economics emphasis equips students with the tools and knowledge to examine various aspects of the legal system, torts, contracts, property rights, the economics of litigation, antitrust law, and regulation.

    Students must complete the following courses as part of their 5 elective economics courses:  
    • Econ 307: Applied Price Theory
    • Econ 312: Law and Economics
    • 3 courses from:
      • Econ 324: Experimental Economics
      • Econ 401: Government and Business
      • Econ 404: Industrial Organization
      • Econ 410: Financial Economics
      • Econ 427: Labor Economics
      • Econ 505: Public Finance
      • Econ 550: Contract Theory

    The minor in economics is designed to complement majors such as business, political science, public policy leadership, mathematics, and history. 

    A minor in economics consists of:

    • Econ 202: Principles of Microeconomics
    • Econ 203: Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Econ 398: Intermediate Microeconomics
    • Econ 399: Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • 2 additional economics courses at the 200-level or higher.


    What can I do with an economics degree?

    • President, Medical Assurance Company of MS
    • President/CEO, First Guaranty Bank
    • Senior Audit Associate, KPMG
    • Senior Analyst, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • Vice President, Bank of America
    • Principal Rate Analyst, MS Power Co.
    • National Account Executive, AT&T
    • Senior IT Sales, IBM
    • Senior Power Trader, Tenn. Valley Authority
    • Founding Chairman, Burson-Marsteller
    • Former US Representative: Travis W. Childers
    • AidData Manager, Global Research Institute
    • Faculty, Texas Tech University
    • Partner/Attorney, Balch & Bingham
    • Attorney, Butler Snow
    • Research Analyst, MS Dev. Authority
    • State Auditor, Mississippi

    Connect with an Economics Major

    Claire Reynolds

    Claire Reynolds

    • Service and Community Engagement
    • Student Publications

    What are your career goals?

    See Claire’s Answer
    Jonathan Dabel

    Jonathan Dabel

    • Service and Community Engagement

    When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?

    See Jonathan’s Answer
    Jonathan Dabel smiling and wearing a suit.

    Why did you choose UM?

    “I chose UM because it gave me an opportunity like no other university to pursue my economics degree. Since I stepped foot on campus, I fell in love with it. The professors are very passionate about what they teach, which I believe is one of the greatest qualities to have as an instructor.”

    Johnathan Dabel

    (B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Leadership)

    Why Major in Economics in Preparation for Law School? 

    According to national data, economics majors have higher LSAT scores and have among the highest acceptance rates to law school. Lawyers who were undergraduate economics majors also tend to earn higher incomes.

    At the core of the study of market-based economies is the role of private property and private property rights. This creates a natural synergy between the study of markets and the law as many areas of law require some working knowledge of economics. One can examine the economic foundations of property law, torts, criminal law, contracts, and anti-trust.

    The Pre-Law Advising Office will help you every step of the way to law school. Example of our services include:

    • Recommendations of courses to prepare for the LSAT and law school
    • Suggestion of a timeline to apply to law school, including how and when to study for the LSAT, when to take the LSAT, and when to prepare all documents for admission
    • Notice of pre-law events and opportunities on and near campus
    • Coordination of panel discussions with law school admissions representatives
    • Guidance in researching law school options
    • Answers to questions related to a law career
    • Feedback on your personal statement
    • Help with the application process on the Law School Admissions Council (LSAT) website

    Choosing a Minor or Double Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of economics with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

    Next Steps

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