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Economics

Bachelor of Science Degree - Area 1 Applied Economics

What can I do with this major

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At its roots, the study of economics provides a foundation for understanding the motivation of individuals and firms as well as the forces that cause growth in living standards, recessions, and inflation. Whether your interests focus on personal issues, such as understanding the incentives that induce human behaviors, or examining issues of critical social importance, economics is a stimulating, broad-based field with wide-ranging employment opportunities.

The Bachelor of Science in Economics (Area 1 Applied Economics) provides students with a focused education in analytical economics. In addition to rigorous training in economics, the B.S. in Economics (Area 1 Applied Economics) requirements provide an overview of all business areas. Students are required to complete courses in accounting, computer information systems, management, and marketing. This extensive training makes it possible for our graduates to target a wide variety of employment opportunities or continue their education in graduate school.

About the Faculty

Economics classes at UCM are taught by dynamic, experienced and nationally recognized faculty members who provide personalized attention for each student. These faculty members bring diverse training and work experiences to the classroom and are actively engaged in economic research. This research, which ranges from environmental aid to valuation of sports teams to investigations of statistical methodologies, along with extensive involvement in professional organizations, places the faculty at the forefront of their respective fields.

Student Involvement

Students pursuing an economics degree have access to a variety of campus organizations and events. The Department of Economics, Finance, and Marketing sponsors the Economics Club which promotes social interaction between students and faculty. In addition to on-campus activities, students are encouraged to complete an internship in economics in order to gain greater practical skills and insight during the completion of the undergraduate degree.

Special Facilities

The department's offices are housed in the Dockery Building. Classrooms, however, are located in the state-of-the-art Ward Edwards Building, which includes a large computer lab, group computer rooms, group and individual study rooms, student organization offices, and common areas for students. Classrooms are equipped with up-to-date computer hardware and software. In addition to the standard classrooms, the department maintains a statistics classroom in which each student workstation is equipped with a notebook computer, allowing for hands-on learning of the procedures available in statistical software packages.

Placement

Training in economics will give you practical skills and many career choices. An economics degree or background is ideal for students planning for careers in the following areas: research analysts for private corporations such as banks, financial service institutions, and insurance companies; consultants for management, data processing, and health care firms; and analysts for government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students in finding employment throughout the academic year. Recent graduates have landed a variety of positions in diverse settings including: Ph.D. programs and law schools, the Central Intelligence Agency, managerial consultants; financial brokers; and analysts for the state of Missouri.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or careers@ucmo.edu. Visit their website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/.

To Learn More

Department of Economics, Finance, and Marketing
660-543-4246

Admissions
660-543-4290