Opportunity is everywhere when your economics program stands in the center of the financial capital of the west. Here, hands-on experience is an essential part of the curriculum.

Small class sizes, diverse faculty expertise, and opportunities to participate in faculty research projects or internships in the financial district ensure our students understand economics from every angle and gain the skills for life after graduation.

Major in Economics

The Foundation program represents the basic body of economic knowledge necessary for an Economics degree and is constructed to provide students a rigorous exposure to the core disciplines of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • recognize and articulate economic terminology and the fundamental theoretical approaches of the discipline
  • demonstrate a command of economic techniques to analyze the structure of economic events and problems
  • employ economic reasoning and theory to analyze important government policy responses and their impacts on the economy

Major in Economics with Development Concentration

Within a concentration in development, students are prepared for a variety of careers working with international development agencies or governments in the developing world. A regional emphasis in Latin America, Asia, or Africa may be pursued. Research and field internships will be arranged with development agencies to give students work experience and exposure to job opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

In the course of their training, students become acquainted with the principal concerns and issues faced by developing countries-what are the goals, appropriate strategies, and technologies that best fit their unique circumstances and needs?

Major in Economics with Financial Economics Concentration

The concentration in financial economics provides students with the opportunity to analyze financial markets in the context of domestic and international economic concerns. Internships will be arranged where possible with banks and other financial companies to give students work experience and exposure to job opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of the tools and inputs involved in asset valuation and portfolio management
  • demonstrate an ability to apply the principles and concepts of economics, financial statement analysis, and quantitative methods to practical problems in asset valuation
  • demonstrate an appreciation and mastery of the strategies for applying tools and inputs in managing portfolios of equities, fixed-income, and derivative assets
  • demonstrate an understanding and appreciation for the ethical and regulatory issues involved in asset valuation and portfolio management

Major in Economics with International Economics Concentration

Students who select this area may specialize in international economics broadly or focus on a particular area, such as the Pacific Rim or Africa. Internships may be arranged with internationally oriented companies or government agencies to give students work experience and exposure to job opportunities.

Focus on Social Justice

Our curriculum views economics through a social justice lens. Through internships and seminars, students develop the skills to tackle real-world problems, from poverty to gender inequality to environmental pollution. Students graduate prepared to use their economics training to make a positive impact in underserved and underdeveloped communities throughout the world.

Graduate-Level Access

Economics majors have the opportunity to take graduate-level courses and participate in graduate-level research, giving them a leg up as they pursue masters and Ph.D. programs or careers in economics. Many of our students enroll in USF’s 4+1 BA/MS program, which allows them to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. We offer an MS in International Development Economics Summer Start bridge program, a six-week intensive course to prep our undergrads for the master’s program.

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