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Economics is more than a business field. We study human behavior to explain and predict how people and organizations interact and why they do what they do! That might involve how managers can increase their profits. It's also about how to feed the hungry; what to do about deforestation in Brazil; and whether minimum wages really help the poor. Economics also looks at societal issues like crime, poverty, pollution, and drugs.

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Program Overview

The economics program offers flexibility to choose between a:

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree


The economics department offers an Honors" designation to students who achieve at least a minimum G.P.A. of 3.2 both overall and in their economics courses. This designation provides students the opportunity to engage in high profile projects and policy courses.

Why Study Economics at Grand Valley?

  • The U.S. Labor Department estimates that economics majors have a better than average chance of finding a reasonably good starting job.
  • Economics stresses well-developed analytical skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills, which are desirable to employers.
  • The economics faculty works closely with you as you form career goals and select courses to help achieve those goals.
  • Smaller class sizes allow more interaction with faculty.
  • More opportunities for involvement, such as the economics honor society, Omicron Delta Epsilon; economics club; real estate group; professional development series; and student organizations.
  • Study abroad opportunities prepare you for global society by allowing you to live within another culture and meet students from around the world. Our study abroad programs are established in 25 countries and can be customized to meet your needs and interests.

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Seidman College of Business
50 Front Avenue SW
(616) 331-7500

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Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus. Students in this major continue their upper division studies downtown on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face


After applied microeconomics and business cycles and growth, the program covers many topics including:

  • Data analytics
  • Environmental problems
  • Forecasting
  • International trade
  • Health economics
  • Markets, strategy, and government
  • Money and banking
  • Public economics and ethics
  • Urban and real estate economics

Career Options

Though graduates often work in finance and business, they are skilled for many settings: government sector; health services; environmental science; journalism; hospitality/tourism; insurance; education; aerospace and computer industries; real estate; sales and marketing.


“The environment between faculty and students is very nice. I like the mix of being able to do research and teach and to involve my students.”