​​​​​​​Why Economics?

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The Department of Economics shares with other departments a commitment to the Mission and Aims of Brigham Young University. It has been our goal to purposefully design a curriculum that will provide our majors with one of the best undergraduate economics programs in the country.  ​

​A careful study of economics facilitates effective decision making and enhances our students' understanding, participation in, and contribution to the world in which they live in areas such as: ​america-globe.jpg

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  • · Economic growth
  • · Levels of employment
  • · Inflation
  • · International trade
  • · Globalization
  • · Taxation
  • · Finance 
  • · Consequences of alternative economic policies
  • ·​ Costs and benefit analysis of alternative proposals​​


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Modern economics makes extensive use of mathematics and statistics.  The major requires competency in calculus (Math 112), and many students choose to take additional courses in calculus, linear algebra and real analysis.  Economics majors take five core classes in microeconomic theory, macroeconomic theory and statistics.  An additional five classes are taken in specialized field courses chosen to prepare for specific professions.​

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Before you embark on the major, please review the department's recommendations for the path to completion. To receive a bachelor's degree a student must fulfill three groups of requirements:​​

  1. 1. General Education Requirements

  2. 2. University Requirements 

  3. 3. Major Requirements


The Economics Department offers a bachelors of science and a minor in economics.  All degree programs in economics are open enrollment; however, special limitations apply for teaching majors. To  learn more about each of the respective degrees, see the Official Major Academic Plans and guide to the minor in Economics.​​​

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