A BA in Economics provides a range of exciting career prospects in the private and public sectors. Graduates with economics degrees are highly marketable because they learn an analytic approach to solving problems. The BA in Economics provides an excellent background for graduate programs in economics, business, law, and urban planning. The economics major is also attractive to students who seek a broad liberal arts background. Majors in economics at CSU, Chico have the opportunity to pursue semester or year-long study-abroad programs.
Students may choose classes ranging from those with a historical perspective, such as History of Economic Thought, to those which use quantitative techniques, such as Economic Forecasting. Students may complete a BA in Economics, a BA in Economics with an Option in Environmental Economics, or a BA in Economics with an Option in International Economics. Small senior-level classes allow students to know their professors well. The economics department is committed to using the latest technology. The curriculum is periodically reviewed and adjusted to be responsive to changing national and international conditions and to student needs and preferences. Exceptional students may participate in the Honors Program in Economics.
Internship credit may be arranged for students seeking practical experience related to the field of economics. A maximum of three units of internship credit may be applied to complete the major. Economics majors have held internships ranging from stock brokerage firms in Chico to the United States Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C.
Double Major and Economics Minor
Students may earn a double major in economics and one of the business majors without doubling unit requirements as some courses count towards both majors. A double major in economics and social sciences satisfies the requirements to enter a teaching credential program and to prepare to teach economics at the high school level. A minor in economics enhances employment opportunities for students with majors in communications, environmental studies, journalism, education, geography, planning, business, international relations and a variety of other fields.
The economics faculty uses a combination of diverse approaches in conjunction with numerous applied case studies to provide students with a broad and in-depth exposure to the discipline. The faculty holds doctoral degrees from prestigious American graduate programs, is actively involved in publishing and grants, is involved in local economic issues, and places undergraduate teaching and learning as its highest priority.
There is a strong demand for those with a BA in Economics in the business, finance, banking, planning, marketing and insurance areas. At the local, state, and federal levels, economics majors compete extremely well for jobs in the public sector. There are excellent opportunities for economics majors with courses and options in environmental and international economics. There is an increasing demand for teachers of high school economics. Economics is an excellent major for those planning to enter law school. Economics majors earn more on an annual basis and have higher lifetime earnings than other majors in the social sciences. Economics majors with mathematics, statistics, or computer skills are in very high demand and command substantial starting salaries. The career outlook for those with a BA in Economics is very positive.