Economics - BA

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    Program Contact: Dr. Shailendra Gajanan

    Do you read the financial or business section of a newspaper or news Web site? Are you interested in what the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board has to say? And, unlike any of your friends, you actually know his name. Then you'd probably be interested in our economics major.

     

    In our program, you'll analyze and study basic principles. You'll review economic policy decisions and their effects. But you can also get involved - really involved. Join our Business Club. Compete in the AT&T Stock Challenge. Work on research with your professors. 

     

    With your economics degree, you'll be able to find a good job. Our economics graduates are working at American Express, at banks and financial institutions, and at chambers of commerce in large cities. Or, you can go on to graduate school and study law, business administration, or political science.

     

    What you can do with a degree in Economics. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements


    Course Requirements in the Major


    Credits: 25


    Economics Electives (15-16 Credits)


    Five courses selected form the following sets of courses:

    Set 1 Applied economics (two courses)


    Set 2 Sectoral economics (tree courses)


    Choose four from the following list of electives courses (12 credits)


    Total credits required for the major: 52-53


    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable


    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised


    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Gajanan Shailendra

    Dr. Shailendra Gajanan

    sng1@pitt.edu

    Professor of Economics and Chair of the Division of Management and Education

    814-362-7628

    117B Swarts Hall


    Ekhator, Uche

    Dr. Uche Ekhator-Mobayode

    uche@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Economics

    814-362-7638

    117A Swarts Hall


    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    Jobs:
    • Research analyst for the City of Baltimore

    Graduate school:

    • St. Bonaventure University, Master of Business Administration