About This Degree

Economics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services in order to explain how economies work. Students in the economics major learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, in addition to a variety of other skills. The coursework in the program also provides a strong grounding in economic theory, which helps open unique career opportunities that involve policy analysis. Students pursuing economics gain valuable research experience that prepares them for graduate school or various careers in business. Four Emphasis Options are available in Economics: Economic Theory, Managerial Economics, Prelaw Economics, and International Economics and Trade.

Degree Options

  • Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.
  • A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.

Emphases (an emphasis is not required)

  • Economic Theory - Delve more deeply into economic theory as you prepare for graduate school in a variety of research areas.
  • International Economics and Trade - Study economics as it relates to globalization and interdependence among countries.
  • Managerial Economics - Prepare for a career in business or gain the foundation to prepare you to pursue an MBA.
  • Prelaw Economics - Enjoy a flexible program with lots of elective credit options as you prepare for law school or careers in political science.
  • Quantitative Economic History - Prepare yourself for quantitative careers in business, finance, data science, and policy evaluation or for post-graduate education. The classes in the emphasis use history as a backdrop to develop the advanced critical thinking and anal
Special Information

The economics degree (BS) is available online without an emphasis.

Differential Tuition

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

View Potential Careers

With a degree in economics, students may be qualified for the following careers:

  • Economic Loss Specialist
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Asset Management
  • Economics Consultant
  • Management Trainee
  • Compensation & Benefits Manager
  • Trust Officer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Trade Specialist
  • Financial Planner
  • Actuary
  • Loan Officer
  • Appraiser

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If you are intending to complete this program online outside the state of Utah, please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state.

The economics degree (BS) is available online without an emphasis.

International Students

Online classes are not available to USU F-1 and J-1 sponsored students. International students sponsored by USU on a F-1 visa can study at Logan or Price campus and must register for face-to-face classes. International students sponsored by USU on a J-1 visa can study at Logan campus and must register for face-to-face classes.