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Economics - Applied Economics

The bachelor's degree in economics with a concentration in applied economics. Applied economics uses economic theory and empirical analysis to address real-world problems. You will learn the underpinnings of economic decision-making by identifying and analyzing the costs and benefits of financial and policy decisions. You also will be trained in econometrics, statistical methods, and software specifically for economic data. The knowledge and skills acquired in the concentration in applied economics prepares students for entry-level analytical positions in finance, government, healthcare, consulting, and other fields.

As a student in the applied economics program at UMass Dartmouth, you'll learn how to:

  • collect and analyze micro and macroeconomic data
  • evaluate findings from data analysis
  • formulate recommendations for business decisions and policymakers
  • interpret and forecast market trends
  • research economic issues and evaluate policy solutions

Economists pursue careers in business, economic journalism, finance, government, insurance, management, public policy, and real estate. Your degree will also prepare you for graduate study in areas such as business, policy, and law.

Career opportunities

The bachelor of arts degree in economics with a concentration in applied economics will prepare you for the following careers:

  • account representative
  • consultant
  • data analyst
  • financial analyst
  • insurance underwriter
  • mortgage broker
  • policy analyst
  • sales and operations manager

Required Courses

Introductory level major requirements

  • ECO 231 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 232 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Core major requirements

  • ECO 300 - Mathematical Economics
  • ECO 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECO 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECO 320 – Economics Internship
  • ECO 330 – Statistics Lab
  • ECO 332 - Economic Statistics
  • ECO 333 – Econometrics
  • ECO 336 – Econometrics Lab
  • ECO 350 – Intermediate Writing in Economics
  • ECO 492 – Senior Seminar

Upper-level electives

  • 6 credits of 300- or 400-level ECO courses

Total credits: 36 

  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Economics - Applied Economics Faculty

Biyan Tang
Devon Lynch
Merve Meral
Neal Olitsky
Randy Hall
Sarah Cosgrove

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