Economics

Economics Fundamentals

Economics is the study of how society, businesses, organizations and individuals produce, exchange, buy and sell goods and services. A Bachelor of Arts in Economics earned at The University of Akron prepares students for careers in the field through:

  • Core courses in theory, quantitative and computer methods
  • Development of analytical and problem solving skills
  • A program tailored with electives geared toward a particular career track in:
    • business
    • banking and international economics
    • public policy
    • graduate school

 Our Faculty

  • conduct research
  • publish in high-quality academic journals
  • consult with businesses and government agencies 

Akron Advantage

Hands-on Research

Program culminates in a senior project where you will demonstrate your abilities and apply what you have learned, both analytically and quantitatively.

Real-world Experience

Gain practical professional experience through internship opportunities typically taken in the summer between the third and fourth years.

Recent Placements

  • Westfield Insurance
  • Allstate Insurance
  • City of Akron
  • FirstMerit Bank
  • Limited Brands, Inc.
  • The Timken Company
  • SS&G Wealth Management
  • PNC Bank

    Economics Student Organizations

    Interact with other economics students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

    • Economics Club
    • Economics Honor Society — Omicron Delta Epsilon

    Sample Curriculum


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    For More Information:

    Department of Economics

    Contact: Carrie Tuesday

    Career Opportunities

    With an economics degree you can do "anything you want to do" or "anything which requires analytical and problem solving skills." You will have an important skill set that differentiates you from others, and is needed in both the private and public sectors, which gives you flexibility. Thus, a variety of career opportunities are available to well-trained economists:

    • Academics
    • Business
    • Consulting
    • Government
    • Journalism
    • Pre-law

    Degrees and Preparation

    A degree in economics paves the way to many career opportunities. To follow a particular career-oriented track, the department offers electives in business (15 credits), banking and international economics (15 credits), public policy (18 credits) and graduate school (18 credits).

    Possible positions with a bachelor's degree: 

    • economic and market research firms
    • banks
    • management consulting firms
    • securities and commodities organizations
    • computer and data processing companies
    • government agencies
    • insurance companies
    • consulting

    Career Services

    Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.