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Engler College of Business
Economics
  • B.B.A. - Economics
  • B.B.A. - Economics, Law & Economics Specialization 
  • B.A. - Economics
  • B.S. - Economics
  • B.S. - Economics, Digital Collaboration & Economics Specialization 
  • Economics Minor 
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Theory and Practice That Explain Everything

It’s on the evening news every day. It makes headlines in the morning paper. And it’s what people talk about all the time, yet few really know how it works.

It’s the economy.

At a time when it seems everyone has an opinion but can’t necessarily explain why, our Economics major trains a new generation of business men and women who know exactly how and why things happen the way they do. How supply and demand interact. Why inflation occurs. The role of interest rates, and why there is unemployment.

It’s the story of shortages and surpluses, esoteric topics such as marginal revenue, and elasticity of demand. These are the things going on in our economy. They affect people right where they are, yet so few understand them. All they know is that there are things beyond their control, and the effect might not be good.

By completing introductory and intermediate courses in Micro and Macro Economics, and then continuing into more advanced subjects like Money, Credit, and Banking, International Economics, and even Sports Economics, students will leave our program with a solid understanding of how our economy works. We offer three different degrees in Economics—a B.B.A., B.A., and B.S., each with slight differences. Be sure to check them out!

Because we need more professionals who truly know the reasons behind the ups and downs of the economy, and then be able to lead companies and organizations through thick and thin.

 

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B.B.A. - Economics
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (2021-2022 Academic Catalog)
  • ECON 3311 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 3312 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • 18 Hours of Economics Electives depending on degree option chosen

For more details about courses required for this degree see the Advising Services Degree Checklist Page.

Economics Minor

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MINOR REQUIREMENTS
  • ECON Elective
  • ECON Elective
  • ECON Elective
  • ECON Advanced Elective
  • ECON Advanced Elective
  • ECON Advanced Elective
B.A. - Economics
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (2021-2022 Academic Catalog)
  • MATH 1325 - Mathematics of Business and Economics II or MATH 2413 - Calculus I
  • CIDM 2342 - Statistics for Business and Economics 
  • ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 3311 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 3312 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • 18 hours of Economics Electives depending on degree option chosen
  • 15 hours of additional course work with prior approval of advisor

For this degree, students will take the following B.A. degree requirements instead of the B.B.A. Core requirements:

  • 6 hours of foreign language
  • 6 hours from ARTS, ENGL, FREN, GERM, HIST, MUSI, PHIL, SPAN, or THRE

For more details about courses required for this degree see the Advising Services Degree Checklist Page.

B.S. - Economics
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (2021-2022 Academic Catalog)
  • MATH 1325 - Mathematics of Business and Economics II or MATH 2413 - Calculus I
  • CIDM 2342 - Statistics for Business and Economics 
  • ECON 2302 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 3311 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 3312 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • 18 hours of Economics Electives depending on degree option chosen
  • 15 hours of additional course work with prior approval of advisor

For this degree, students will take the following B.S. degree requirements instead of the B.B.A. Core requirements:

  • 6 hours from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, GESC, MATH, PHYS, or NSCI

For more details about courses required for this degree see the Advising Services Degree Checklist Page.

B.B.A. - Economics, Law & Economics Specialization

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The law as it pertains to Economics can be a tangled web, and this specialization allows students to get firmly grounded in the primary aspects of Economics, but also be exposed to how the law affects fields as diverse as healthcare, cross-cultural issues, employment, gifts and estates, accounting and financial services, and conflict resolution. It takes persons capable of balancing theory along with a constantly evolving legal environment to slice through this complicated maze.

For more details about courses required for this degree see the Advising Services Degree Checklist Page.

B.S. - Economics, Digital Collaboration & Economics Specialization

Perhaps you are interested in the rapidly changing fields of digital business and computer applications. This specialization will train you in the very latests nuances of media law, intellectual property rights, copyrights, and more. It’s a jungle out there, and there are many career opportunities for those who can carve a path through it.

For more details about courses required for this degree see the Advising Services Degree Checklist Page.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Economics
  • Data analysis
  • Research analysis
  • Consulting
  • Policy advising
  • Economic development
Banking and Finance
  • Financial analysis
  • Credit analysis
  • Lending
  • Mortgage loans
  • Market research analysis
Insurance
  • Sales
  • Claims
  • Risk management
  • Asset management
  • Actuarial science
Sales
  • Service sales
  • Advertising sales
  • Corporate sales
  • E-commerce
  • Sales management - district, regional, and higher

There are many career and academic opportunities for Economics majors. Some graduates go on to pursue advanced degrees in the field, and then either go into the private or governmental sector, or even higher education. Others continue into law school and either establish their own practice, or take on corporate or governmental employment.

The Economics major is truly a stepping stone to many different career paths. Just pick one.

For more information about Economics Careers and Salaries, visit http://wtamu.myplan.com.

PROGRAM COSTS

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

The Economics Club is an organization that meets twice a month to informally discuss current issues in economics. The organization has received multiple grants from the Koch Foundation, which provides funding for reading materials, lunches, guest speakers, travel, research support, and miscellaneous other activities. The club allows students interested in economic issues to share ideas with peers and faculty members outside of the classroom environment.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the International Honors Society for Economics students, was established at West Texas A&M University in 1970. West Texas A&M University is host to the Nu chapter of ODE. Admission to Omicron Delta Epsilon is recognized on the academic transcript of inductees at West Texas A&M University.

As an AACSB accredited business school, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business is eligible to pursue Beta Gamma Sigma (International Honors Society for Business students).

Enactus is a student organization in the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business. Enactus uses a business mindset and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living of people in need and help businesses achieve profitability.
The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business supports an annual summer study abroad trip, which focuses on business and cross-cultural issues. Locations include Denmark, Sweden, England, Russia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Cananda.

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