Economics, B.A., B.S.
Economics is much more than just a business field. Students will 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, but it's also about societal issues like distribution of wealth and income, health care, education, crime, poverty, pollution, and drugs.
The economics program offers you the flexibility to choose between a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.
Why Study Economics at Grand Valley?
- Economics stresses well-developed analytical skills, as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills, which are highly demanded by employers.
- Faculty members work closely with students as they form career goals and select courses to help achieve those goals.
- Networking opportunities include Omicron Delta Epsilon (the economics honor society), economics club, real estate groups, professional development series, and student organizations.
- Internships are available and apply classroom learning to authentic work experiences.
- Campus is located in the heart of an exciting business environment in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
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Location & Format
- Face To Face
After applied microeconomics and business cycles and growth, the program covers many topics including:
- Data analytics
- Urban and real estate economics
- Environmental problems
- International trade
- Health economics
- Emerging markets issues
- Markets, strategy, and government
- Money and banking
- Public economics and ethics
- Sports economics
- Economics of work and family
Combined Degree Programs
Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.
Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.
Because economics is a department in the Seidman College of Business, students must achieve a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA, have completed 55 semester hours, and achieved a 2.5 or higher combined GPA in ECO 210, ECO 211, and STA 215 to be admitted to the economics program.
“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.”
PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS