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Undergraduate Programs

Economists study how people and societies decide what goods and services to produce, how to allocate resources for production, and how to divide the income created in the process. Economics courses deal with national economic health and the behavior of industries and individual firms, as well as the decisions made by individuals in households and families.

Economics majors who plan to enter the job market immediately after college find the degree useful in obtaining jobs many fields of business and other areas where training in systematic thinking and empirical analysis are prized. A degree in economics is excellent preparation for law school, MBA programs, teaching or graduate work in economics or other social sciences.

 “The economics department at Boise State has cultivated a faculty that, above all else, values intellectual curiosity,” said David Shin, economics graduate class of ’21 and winner of the Schwarzman Scholar class of ’23.

Boise State offers two paths to an undergraduate degree in economics: 1) a bachelor of arts (B.A.), which includes economics and elective courses in social sciences; 2) a bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.), which includes economics and standard business courses.

The Department of Economics offers the following degrees:

  • B.B.A. in Business Economics
  • B.A. in Economics
  • B.A. in Economics, Quantitative Emphasis
  • B.A. in Economics, Social Studies, Secondary Education Emphasis
  • B.S. in Business and Economic Analytics
  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in Sustainability

Students who would like to pursue employment opportunities in business fields generally pursue a degree in business economics or a bachelor of business administration (B.B.A.) with a major in economics.

Bachelor of arts degree in economics prepares students for many career paths including government and many industries.

Students who are planning to go to graduate school in economics are encouraged to pursue a bachelor of arts degree program with quantitative emphasis.

Students may also choose to pursue a bachelor of arts with an emphasis in social science, secondary education. The Economics, Social Studies, Secondary Education Emphasis is a multidisciplinary degree that is designed to meet the revised state standards in social studies, provide students with multiple endorsements, and ensure upper-division coursework in the three disciplines most commonly taught at the secondary level.

Our newest degree program, Business and Economic Analytics, provides its graduates with the skill set necessary to turn Big Data into actionable information that supports strategic business decisions.

The Sustainability Minor is a 22 credit interdisciplinary minor that focuses on courses at the confluence of environmental science, social science, and business. The Sustainability Minor prepares students to help organizations change the ways in which they design policies, processes, products and services, and allocate resources.