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Economics BA

Economics is the science of decision-making. It provides a framework for understanding how human interactions and exchanges work. Economists identify and analyze the costs and benefits of financial and policy decisions and look for trends in data.

Whether you pursue the bachelor of arts degree in economics, the BA in economics with a concentration in Applied Economics, or the BA in Economics with a concentration in Healthcare Services Administration, we'll help you develop analytical skills that will enable you to successfully enter any of a number of industries as a professional.

As an economics major 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.

Our curriculum provides a sound foundation in economic theory and practice by focusing on a variety of applied fields which emphasize international, national, and regional economic problems, issues, and policies.

You'll gain the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in business and government. You'll also develop quantitative skills as you learn graphical and mathematical analysis.

You'll complete 36 credits in courses related to your major, including an internship and a statistics lab. Requirements across humanities, natural sciences, social sicences, foreign language, and free electives or a second major or minor comprise the remainder of your 120 credits.

Concentration in Applied Economics

The concentration in applied economics provides a more quantitative focus while still incorporating a sound theoretical foundation and ample opportunity to explore a variety of applied fields such as health, education, international trade and finance, growth and stability, and environmental and public economics.

You'll gain the practical skills to analyze large data sets, inform data-driven decisions, and communicate your results in the context of an economics degree focused on evaluation of costs and benefits and intelligent decision-making.

You'll complete 36 credits in courses related to your major including an internship and a statiscs lab as well as econometrics and an econometrics lab. College of Arts & Sciences requirements include six credits of math and/or data analytics in exchange for fewer requirements from the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages. Free electivces or a second major or minor make up the remainder of the 120 credits for your degree. 

Concentration in Healthcare Services Administration

The concentration in healthcare services administration is well-suited for students looking to work in the healthcare industry with a focus on operations, administration, and management rather than the science-focused aspects of this profession, and is a great option for healthcare professionals with an associate's degree who want to advance their careers as managers or supervisors.

Develop the critical thinking and analytical skills employers are looking for by minoring in economics. For the minor, you'll complete 18 credit hours.

Enrollment in the 4+1 Teacher Preparation program allows undergraduate students to begin the education coursework towards a master’s degree in teaching (MAT) as early as the sophomore year. Half of the degree is completed as an undergraduate, reducing the time and costs of earning a graduate degree.
Meagan Koudelka '16

Meaghan Koudelka ’16 joined the Peace Corps and is stationed in Ouarzazate, Morocco as a Youth Development Volunteer.

Graduate schools

  • Brown University
  • Clark University
  • George Washington University
  • Northeastern University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecticut
  • UMass Law, MBA

Career placements

  • Citizens Bank
  • CVS Health
  • Dell-EMC
  • Federal Depository Insurance Commission (FDIC)
  • Fidelity
  • Oracle
  • RTI International
  • State Street
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Experience: Join faculty in their research or explore an internship
  • Community: Get involved by joining the Economics Association and our chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Economics Honors Society
  • Network: Attend the department's seminar series, which features speakers from industry and visiting faculty
  • 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
  • 3+3 Law degree: If you are thinking about law school, consider UMass Law's accelerated program. Your first year at UMass Law counts as your senior year at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Master's in Public Policy: Earn your master's degree in public policy 

Economics Faculty

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

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