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The Williamson College of Business Administration in cooperation with the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Business Economics. 

Economics provides critical decision-making tools in all areas of business. To the manager of a firm, microeconomics theory provides strategies on how to maximize profit, techniques for measuring how customers will respond to changes in price, and how the potential profitability of the firm will vary with the level of competition. Macroeconomics theory discusses why inflation, unemployment, and interest rates change. For a manager, an important issue is how the federal government may try to change the state of the economy and how that will alter business opportunities.

Business Economics majors at Youngstown State University take courses in intermediate microeconomic theory, intermediate macroeconomic theory and complete a capstone project involving data analysis. Business economics majors also take four upper division electives that introduce them to different specializations, such as international trade, money and banking, public finance, and labor markets.


The Business Economics major prepares students for careers in corporate, government, and the nonprofit fields. Employers are looking for individuals with an understanding of the global economy and its connection to organizations, individuals and society. Business economists work for major corporations, investment firms and government agencies, gathering and analyzing critical information that can be used to react to fluctuating markets and business cycles. The job outlook for business economics is expected to grow due to the driven need for quantitative methods to analyze and forecast business, sales and other economic trends.


Business Economics majors at Youngstown State University have the opportunity to build their knowledge and leadership skills in their field through various student leadership organizations such as Actuarial Science Club, Economics Club, Beta Gamma Sigma, Enactus, and the Student Investment Fund.


The accelerated "4+1" program allows students to earn the MA in Economics in one year after completing their bachelor's degree. Students pursuing the MA in Financial Economics can complete the degree in three semesters. Undergraduate students can apply to take graduate courses after completing 78 semester hours with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Students can take a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate coursework that can count both toward a bachelor's degree and either the MA in Economics or the MA in Financial Economics. Students who successfully complete the master's courses are encouraged to apply for a graduate assistantship.

4 + 1 Bachelors/Master Program.

For more information, visit Business Economics.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement Met through MATH 1552 (see Business Tool)
Arts and Humanities (1 course) 3 SH met through PHIL 2628 - required course for major3
PHIL 2628Business Ethics (required for major)3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h.)7
Social Science (2 courses) Met through ECON 2610 & ECON 2630 (See Business Tool)
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Business Tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 1500Exploring Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management Students interested in entering a graduate program in Economics should consider taking MATH 1571 Calculus 14
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
ENGL 3742Business Writing3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
To enroll in upper level business courses student must have successfully completed ENGL 1549 or 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool course AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
Upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3761Management Information Systems3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
ECON 3710Intermediate Microeconomic Theory spring term only3
ECON 3712Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory fall term only3
ECON 4880Analysis of Economic Problems3
Select 12 SH of ECON upper level courses.
Select 6 SH of upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG)
Total Semester Hours120-122
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
BUS 1500 Exploring Business 3
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
GE: Social and Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours17-19
Year 2
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours14
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
PHIL 2628 Business Ethics 3
ENGL 3742 Business Writing 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
GE: Natural Science 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
ECON 3710 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 3
MGT 3761 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
Upper Level Business Course 3
Upper Level Economics Course Internship Recommended 3
 Semester Hours15
ECON 3712 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MGT 4850 Strategic Management and Leadership 3
Upper Level Economics Course 3
Upper Level Economics Course 3
Non-Business Courses 6
 Semester Hours15
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
ECON 4880 Analysis of Economic Problems 3
Upper Level Business Course 3
Upper Level Economics Courses 3
Non Business Elective 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122

ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, Business Tool and upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.

To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

NOTE: This schedule is intended solely to illustrate that it is possible for a “typical” student to complete the BA in Economics in four years. The coursework any individual student needs to take will differ. Specifically, the coursework required will vary depending on the mathematics courses you have already taken when you start the degree. Some students will need to take additional courses prior to taking MATH 1510 College Algebra while other students may have already taken a course in calculus and would not need to take either MATH 1510 College Algebra or MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management. The coursework taken will also depend on a student’s career goals. It is extremely important that you meet with an advisor to discuss your career aspirations and which courses you personally will need to take.