Department of Economics

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Economics is a social science that studies how people make the best use of resources. At Wright State, you can learn how economics offers a logical and ordered way of looking at problems faced by individuals, organizations, government, and society. Your study of economics will include:

  • Understanding economic models
  • Analyzing individual decision-making
  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluating assumptions and implications
  • Applications to real-world problems
  • Important historical developments in the world economy

Our department offers two different bachelor’s degrees in economics. The BSB in business economics is an AACSB-accredited program that requires both our business core and Introduction to Econometrics classes. It offers outstanding training for careers in business and many other arenas, especially those with a focus on data analytics. The BA in economics provides students with rigorous training in economic theory and reasoning, while offering a more flexible course of study suitable for those students who do not have time to complete the business core, including those interested in a second major. Our BA alumni have built successful careers in business, government, and the non-profit sector. The BA is housed in the Raj Soin College of Business and is supported by its advisors and faculty but is not an AACSB-accredited program. It has recently been redesigned to support students with a desire to earn a valuable, market-oriented degree, outside of the quantitatively demanding AACSB accredited programs we also offer. Explore the changes made to the newly redesigned Economics BA.

Enhancing Career Skills

You will leave Wright State prepared for a wide array of occupations, giving you many career options and tremendous flexibility in the job market.

You will acquire the necessary mathematical and statistical skills to analyze economic problems during your future career. You will understand techniques and applications necessary for arriving at key decisions faced by modern government and business organizations, including:

  • Leading a cultural nonprofit to maximize its community impact
  • Balancing resources for a county's poverty programs
  • Improving the production efficiency of a small business
  • Initiating a large company's effort to identify new markets

These are just examples of how economics graduates are making a difference in today’s world. Consider how an economics degree from the Raj Soin College of Business could prepare you to be the next difference-maker.

Success Stories

If you’re wondering about the value of college internships, check in with Wright State marketing alumnus Marshall Ward.
As a full-time military officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, he had little free time to take night classes at Wright State. But Mike Thirtle made time.

Department News

Wright State recognized for several undergraduate programs, social mobility by U.S. News

U.S. News named Wright State’s undergraduate programs in engineering, computer science, nursing and business as among the best in the nation for 2022.

2022 Student Award Winners

Recently, the Department of Economics announced the winners of the 2022 student awards. 

Frederick M. Finney Memorial Scholarship Award
Joshua Miller

Scholarship seekers

More than two dozen high school students competed for scholarships to Wright State at the Business Scholarship Challenge.

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