Economics is the science of choice.


As an Economics major, you’ll learn to weigh the costs and benefits of decisions your organization must make about the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. You’ll do this not only by studying economics—its analysis, planning, forecasting, and research—but also by delving into the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. This breadth of learning appeals to students with wide-ranging interests in business and the social sciences.

The decision-making skills that Economics majors learn are needed across all sectors and segments of our economy, so you’ll find employment opportunities in government, business, manufacturing, finance, banking, labor organizations, and academia.

Why the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend?

In addition to your core courses, you’ll have opportunities to take upper-division coursework in international economics, money and banking, managerial economics, econometrics, regional economics, sports economics, labor economics, and business and economic forecasting. These courses often involve hands-on projects that teach you how to find and analyze the data that helps people and organizations to make informed choices. 

Some B.A. in Economics students choose to add minors to their degree, most often in Mathematics or Statistics. 

Penn State Behrend values close faculty-student mentoring relationships, and encourages faculty members to involve undergraduate students in their research. These research experiences can lead to publications and presentations at professional meetings and at Penn State Behrend’s annual Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference.

Accreditation Matters

The Black School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the highest standard of achievement and a designation earned by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. 

Want to learn more?

Check out the Black School of Business Economics Newsletter.