Department of Economics

Business Track (A.B.)

Economics is the study of the allocation of resources in a society. Business Economics focuses on a specific group of problems and settings, in particular those involving firms, consumers, and regulators.

Students will learn both theoretical and real-world applications in the areas of business and finance, including investment strategies, financing of new ventures, and pricing of new products. The Business Economics track prepares students for careers in finance, technology, consulting, and management.


Core Courses:

  • Principles of Economics (ECON0110) or equivalent scores*
  • Math for Economists (ECON 0170 or MATH 0100) or equivalent scores
  • Financial Accounting (ECON0710)
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON1110 or ECON1130)
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECON1210)
  • Introduction to Econometrics (ECON1620)**
  • Applied Econometrics (ECON1629) or Econometrics I (ECON1630)
  • Investments (ECON1710)
  • Corporate Finance (ECON1720)
  • Industrial Organization (ECON 1420)+
  • (A senior capstone project or honors thesis is highly recommended although not required.)

Two Business Economics Electives From the Following List:

  • Introduction to Game Theory (ECON1090)
  • Labor Economics (ECON1310)
  • The Economics of Mass Media (ECON1400)
  • Economic Organizations and Economic Systems (ECON 1450)
  • Economics of Antitrust (ECON 1465)
  • Bargaining Theory and Applications (ECON1470)
  • Designing Internet Marketplaces (ECON1490)
  • International Trade (ECON1540)
  • International Finance (ECON1550)
  • Big Data (ECON1660)
  • Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Entrepreneurship (ECON1730)
  • Mathematical Finance (ECON1740)
  • Investments II (ECON1750)
  • Financial Institutions (ECON1760)
  • Crisis Economics (ECON 1770)
  • Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance (ECON1780)
  • Behavioral Economics (ECON1820)
  • Behavioral Finance (ECON1830)
  • Game Theory (ECON1870)


*If placing out of ECON 0110, an additional 1000-level Economics course elective (which is need not be from the set of Business track electives) will be required for a total of 6 1000-level Economics courses. Note that at most one Economics course in the 1000-1099 range may be applied toward the concentration requirement. 

**APMA 1650, APMA 1655, CSCI 1450, or MATH 1620 can substitute for ECON 1620.

+Or Econ 1460 if previously taken (it is not being offered in the near future).

View a comparison between the standard economics concentration, the business economics track, and BEO. Please note the BEO concentration is being discontinued and is only available to students in the class of 2023 or earlier.

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