Buena Vista University

Business Economics

Are you curious how companies decide how much to pay their employees? Or how the decisions of farmers, food distributors, and grocery stores determine how much you pay for an ear of corn? As an economist, you’ll apply problem solving, theory and mathematics to better understand how these processes work – and how you might be able to make them work more efficiently.

A business economics major can help you understand the elements that govern business from individual entrepreneurship to the stock market. In class and through internships, you'll analyze cost effectiveness, learn how to harness the power of the consumer dollar, debate governmental policy and gain an understanding of the factors that shape the flow of commerce.

Key Personality Traits of Economists:

  • Empathetic
  • Good at math
  • Observant
  • Team player
  • Analytical

Courses of study

Minor in Business Economics: 18 credit hours

ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 405 International Economics
ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory or ECON 302 Macroeconomic Theory

6 additional credit hours from:

ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory or ECON 302 Macroeconomic Theory
(class not taken above)
ECON 340 Econometrics
ECON 420 Money and Credit Institutions
ECON 485 Topics in Economics (May not be repeated for credit in the business economics minor_

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