Economics | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Ranked #5 in the nation for the study of microeconomics and #7 for macroeconomics in Businessweek’s 2012 survey of undergraduate programs, the BA in Economics degree program rooted in the Weatherhead economics department provides excellent training for a wide variety of professions.

Graduates with a BA in economics often pursue careers in:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public administration
  • Law

World-Class Faculty in Economics

  • David Clingingsmith, whose research is centered on the economics of developing countries
  • Jenny Hawkins, whose research focuses on antitrust law and economics
  • Scott Shane, the author of over 60 scholarly articles and author or editor of 10 books on entrepreneurship and innovation management whose work has been recognized among the best books for business
  • Roman Sheremeta is considered by RePEc to be among the Top Young Economists worldwide and is listed as a Top Economic Thinker of Ukrainian descent by Forbes in 2014
  • Mark Votruba is the recipient of the 20th Annual Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association in 2013

…and others. Read more about the faculty in the economics department.

A close-knit community of peers is formed within Weatherhead's economics program. Students develop relationships with their faculty members in and out of the classroom, with opportunities to assist Weatherhead faculty in their research activities or participate in their own independent research projects.

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BA in Economics

120-credit-hour program teaches students to analyze problems of resource allocation and decision-making and to understand the influence of these factors on economies and societies. Students learn how to analyze the performance of an economy, factors of inflation and unemployment rate, econometric software and much more.

Training in economics allows you to understand how public policy and market forces interact to affect your profession, which better equips you to undertake future leadership positions in your field. Because the range of interests among Economics majors is quite broad, our faculty work with our majors to develop a plan of studies that best fits your aspirations and interests.

Quantitative Methods Concentration: The Quantitative Methods concentration, not a new major, but a concentration to a major that has additional requirements to the general major, focuses on quantitative application of economic theory, using mathematics, and statistics or other data analysis techniques. It consists of 15 total courses—three more than the regular economics major. It requires generally the same requirements as the economics major with some added requirements and courses. As with the general economics major, the order in which a student takes courses is quite flexible.

For students with an interest in mathematics or statistics, this concentration offers them the opportunity to apply such concepts to examine human behavior and decision making in a quantitative way. The concentration is unique because it also features a STEM-designation.

Learn about the BA in Economics degree requirements.

Minor in Economics

Study the complexities of modern society through the lens of economics. Whether your planned career path is in government policy work, data management, or engineering, minoring in economics adds marketable value to your education. At just 15 credit hours, you can easily add an economics minor to your current undergraduate plan.

Introductory Economics Courses

Two introductory economics courses are available to help you satisfy degree requirements and explore the world of economics.

See comprehensive information about Weatherhead’s BA in Economics in the General Bulletin or learn more about the economics department at Weatherhead.

Ready to apply? Learn about Admission Information.

The Economics Honors Program

Students majoring in economics have the opportunity to work closely with a member or members of the economics faculty to produce meaningful, original, self-directed research on a topic of your choice in the Economics Honors Program.

The Honors Program consists of a two-semester course sequence, ECON 397 and 398, which culminates in the completion of an original, independent research paper (an “Honors Thesis”). Completing these two courses satisfies the SAGES capstone requirement for the Economics major. Students who receive a grade of “A” in ECON 398 will be eligible for graduating with Honors in Economics. To graduate with Honors in Economics, students must additionally complete ECON 326 and ECON 327 with grades of “B” or higher and must have a GPA in their Economics coursework of 3.5 or higher.

Students interested in entering the Economics Honors Program should contact Teresa Kabat for more information and instructions to apply.