The Catholic University of America

CUA Business students

The Undergraduate Major in

Economics

This concentration is designed to provide students with expertise in economic theory and its applications. With advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, industrial organization, development economics, and public finance, the graduate of this program is well prepared for a professional position in government, the private sector, the nonprofit sector as well as for advanced training in economics.

The economics program at The Catholic University of America is set apart from others because of its expert faculty and innovative courses. Students who study under our rigorous faculty have the opportunity to carry out research with their faculty and to proceed towards competitive graduate programs or professional careers.

Curriculum

Students majoring in economics must choose one of two degree options: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics, or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics. The first option allows more room for studies in many disciplines, while the second option is economics concentrated.

Major Requirements: To earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics, students must complete 18 business & economics courses. This includes 6 core courses; 4 economics concentration courses; 4 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 4 economics electives.

To earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics, students must complete 20 business & economics courses. This includes 6 core course; 5 economics concentration courses; 5 Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses; and 4 economics electives.

University Requirements: To earn a degree in economics, students must also complete the core university requirements, specific to their major. Economics students who are pursuing a B.A. are required to complete 22 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. Economics students who are pursuing a B.S. are required to complete 20 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. These courses include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and free electives.

> See detailed course list and suggested sequence of courses
 

Opportunities

Economic Fellowship Program: The Economic Research Fellowships provide students with a deeper understanding of the nature and methods of academic research, and exposes them to real field research, impact evaluation, and stimulates students’ interest in pursuing research projects of their own. Students can apply for this program and receive a stipend for their work. 

> For more information, visit the Economic Fellowship webpage. 

Study Abroad: Students majoring in international economics and finance are encouraged to broaden their educational experience by spending a semester studying abroad. The study abroad opportunity in Oxford, United Kingdom is one particular location that is oriented towards economic majors. Programs in other countries are also available.  The key to studying abroad while pursuing a degree in economics, is to plan ahead. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor, and also visit the CUAbroad office.

> Read more abour study abroad procedures.

Internships: An internship is a unique academic opportunity that allows students to step out of the classroom and gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Possibilities such as the U.S. Department of Commerce (Trade Information Center), Capstone Strategic, or Lockheed Martin are all local internship opportunities that our students have filled.

> Read more about internship opportunities.

Minor Programs: Students majoring in economics have a wide variety of minors available to them and may choose from many disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for economics majors are: foreign languages, politics, or philosophy. However, students majoring in economics may not minor in a business discipline.

> Full list of minors within the School of Arts & Sciences.
 

Career Development

In today’s competitive job market, gaining professional or internship experience during college is critical to finding employment upon graduation. Planning for and obtaining that experience should begin early in a student’s academic career. To educate and assist students in finding professional opportunities, we offer a career development program during the fall and spring semesters for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

Popular career paths for recent graduates with an economics major include business analyst, project manager, finance advisor, and economic consulting.
 

Student Life

Organizations: The Business Professional Society is a student organization for those who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom to the outside world. Through BPS, students are exposed to simulation exercises, trips to local D.C. business organizations, and a network of friends who also wish to expand their knowledge in business.

Community: One of the many advantages of pursuing a degree from a small university is the close community that is formed among students and professors. Students are supported within the School of Business and Economics by their classmates, which creates an atmosphere of mutual success, rather than unwelcoming competition. Instructors are available for one-on-one help during office hours, and often mentor their students throughout their college and professional careers.

> Visit the Business and Economics Student Life page. 


Student Profile

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Studying economics at CUA has been great because we're a close community that also has access to a larger network of business majors, which allows for a perfect balance that is hard to find at other schools. Kathryn Donatelli

 

Economics Faculty

M. Sophia Aguirre
Professor of Economics

Ava Gail Cas
Assistant Professor of Economics

Angelina Christie
Assistant Professor of Economics

Martha Cruz-Zuniga
Assistant Professor and Director of Economics

Kevin Forbes
Associate Professor of Economics

Kevin Kane
Economics Lecturer

Gianfranco Piras
Visiting Professor of Economics

John Volpe
Economics Lecturer

Ernest Zampelli
Professor of Economics

> Main Faculty Page

 

Come Visit Us

Campus tours: We invite you and your family to visit our campus in the heart of Washington, D.C.

See Admissions for the open house schedule or to request information.

Find out about tuition, fees, and financial aid.

The School of Business and Economics welcomes inquiries from prospective undergraduate majors. Please contact the Busch Advising Suite at sbe-advising@cua.edu for more information about our programs