In today’s rapidly changing and increasingly competitive global market, professionals with a background in economics are in high demand across industries. The Economics Program at Gonzaga University provides a strong foundation in U.S. and global economics, while building practical knowledge and skills for business-related careers.

Our program addresses questions like: What drives the prices of goods? What causes banks to fail? Why is inflation so high? What causes a recession? Why are some countries wealthier than others? Courses explore business and consumer behaviors (microeconomics) as well as national and global economies (macroeconomics).

The study of economics allows students to acquire knowledge and skills useful for a business-related career, preparation for graduate school, work in government, law, or a nonprofit organization. Organizations of all types increasingly recognize the importance of having personnel who possess a broad background knowledge in economics, and economists occupy a wide range of positions in profit and non-profit enterprises as well as in government. Economics is also highly recommended for pre-law students. 

We offer three different degrees in economics. Students can earn a business degree (BBA) with a concentration in economics, they can major in Economics with a BS, and they can major in Economics with a BA. The B.S. major in economics includes extensive coursework in mathematics as well as economics for students considering graduate study in economics or wanting a career in insurance, finance, banking and more. The B.A. major in economics is offered for students who want an extensive background in economics in preparation for careers in business or government as well as for those pursuing advanced study in law or business. A minor in economics is also offered for students with other majors who want to become familiar with economics.

Firms need employees who have knowledge of domestic and international economic systems and have strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Students with a degree in economics gain these skills and occupy a wide range of positions in for-profit and non-profit enterprises as well as in government. Students expecting to pursue graduate study in economics are encouraged to earn a BS in Economics.

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