Students will start with a course in introductory economics that focuses on policy issues, followed by Principles of Macro and Micro Economics, which are prerequisites for most of the upper-level courses.
From that point students will take a course is statistical methods, international economics, theory courses in both macroeconomics and microeconomics, and a wide variety of field courses such as labor economics, money and banking, and development economics, to name a few.
Through these courses, students will develop a deeper understanding of the principles of economics as they add more advanced tools to their economic problem-solving tool kit.
There are two Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.
Students take a core of 33 hours in economics and additionally take 18 hours in mathematics, giving them the additional training necessary for graduate education in economics.
This more demanding math sequence is seen as a minimum requirement for pursuing a PhD in economics, though students who are interested in pursuing other graduate programs are encouraged to take at least some calculus and advanced statistics.
Recent economics majors have been hired as analysts for corporations, non-profits and government agencies.
Generally, analysts can work for larger companies such as major clothing retailers, using data to understand why sales for certain types of stores are down over the previous year and to create predictive models for revenue at various store locations that they might consider opening.
In the government sector, economists are hired as budget analysts who estimate the economic impact of new laws, regulations, or taxes.
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.