Labor Economics Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

Program Overview

The BSLE economics degree trains students in economic theory along with data analytic and critical thinking skills required to investigate real world economic problems. Hands-on application of these tools in the classroom is stressed throughout the curriculum, culminating with the senior “capstone” research project. The degree is distinguished because it is one of the few economics undergraduate degree programs emphasizing labor market (human resource) and social policy issues. In these areas the need for informed economic analysis is expected to grow substantially due in part to the changing demographics of our society. Graduates can apply these skills in the workplace in a wide variety of settings - in both the private and public sectors - to improve outcomes through better decision making. The degree can also be a stepping stone for graduate studies in a wide variety of areas including further study in economics and other business-related disciplines, law, and public policy.

Labor Economics Coursework

All degrees at The University of Akron require a student to complete 120 credits. Please note that some number of electives might be needed in addition to required courses to equal 120 credits. The following are the credits required for Economics majors:

  • General education requirements (minimum of 42 credits)
  • Required and elective Economics coursework (33 credits)
  • Statistics and Calculus requirement (7-8 credits)
  • Upper-level Social Science electives (8 credits)
  • Other upper-level electives (8 credits)
Economics Requirements (24 credits)
3250:200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
3250:201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
3250:226 Computer Skills for Economic Analysis 3
3250:333 Labor Economics 3
3250:410 Intermediate Microeconomics 3
3250:426 Applied Econometrics 3
3250:430 Labor Market & Social Policy 3
3250:434 Labor Market Analysis & Evaluation 3
Statistics and Calculus Requirement (7-8 Credits)
3450:210 Calculus with Business Applications 3
3450:221 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 4
3470:261 Introductory Statistics I 2
3470:262 Introductory Statistics II 2

Economics Department

Learn about CBA economics students, careers, organizations that have recently hired CBA graduates, and much more on the Economics Department page.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing all required courses for their major a student must also maintain certain cumulative GPAs to graduate:

  • 2.3 overall GPA in all courses
  • 2.0 GPA in major courses
  • 2.0 GPA in business and economics courses

Graduation Deadlines

  • Spring Graduation – Apply by December 1
  • Summer Graduation – Apply by April 1
  • Fall Graduation – Apply by July 1

Academic Resources

Resources are available to help you learn more about the school and major, and determine class schedules, requirements, and progress toward you degree.

Before you apply to The University of Akron, contact our Undergraduate Recruiter to answer your questions. Current UA students who want to be admitted to a major should be sure to visit an undergraduate Academic Adviser.

Graduation Planning Summary (GPS). The GPS is a document that lists course titles and additional, supplemental information for you as an Accounting major. When you are admitted to the CBA, you will review the GPS with your adviser, and use it in conjunction with the Degree Progress Report (DPR - see below). Download your Labor Economics GPS.

Once you are admitted to The University of Akron, you’ll use the Degree Progress Report (DPR), which is an online tool you can use to view information about your progress toward graduation. DPR outlines your degree requirements, marks completed courses, and shows your remaining coursework.


Once you are a student, The University of Akron and the College of Business offer tutoring services for additional help in many subjects.

  • The University of Akron offers free online tutorials for students to learn to use a variety of software programs, like Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, Google Docs, and Springboard through Atomic Learning.
  • The CBA offers tutoring on business topics.
  • The Economics department offers tutoring for Economics courses.
  • The main campus library has writing and math Tutoring Services.

Student Organizations

The College of Business Administration is associated with many student organizations through which you can expand your classroom learning and enhance your leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. Within these organizations you will meet students from diverse backgrounds and will have opportunities to interact with business professionals, participate in competitions and organize community service projects. Students are encouraged to actively participate in the organization(s) of their choice.