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Economics, BSBA

Economics Bachelor’s Degree

Build your ideal college education — and career — while gaining insight into human behavior with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Central Missouri. It’s a common misconception that economics focuses on numbers and models. What is economics, really? It’s the study of how individual choices — the person-to-person interactions that happen in each of our lives dozens of times a day — literally shape the world around us.

The major in Economics at UCM is an extremely flexible program with several interesting electives. This enables you to tailor your degree to your specific interests and career goals, opening the door for future opportunities. 

Get the job you want and the promotions you deserve

When you major in Economics at UCM, you gain valuable critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, preparing you for success in whatever career you choose. Companies in all fields want employees who know how to evaluate alternatives and make better choices. These qualities are why graduates with an Economics bachelor’s degree have the potential to be promoted more quickly and earn higher incomes relative to other majors.


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Dr. Catherine Chambers
Professor and Department Chair
Dockery 310C 
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8605

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies

Department of Economics and Finance

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AACSB-accredited degree program

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Small class sizes, personalized attention

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Ideal for transfer students

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Flexible course options

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Low tuition, high earning potential

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Undergraduate research opportunities

What you will study

Major in Economics at UCM to build valuable critical-thinking and business management skills that will serve you well on nearly any career path. With more free electives than any other business major at UCM, the bachelor’s degree in Economics offers numerous ways to tailor this in-demand undergraduate program to your interests.  

Economics majors at the University of Central Missouri have the opportunity to apply micro and macroeconomic theory to relevant, interesting topics, use our fully equipped lab to design and perform their own experiments and participate in undergraduate research with our expert faculty. Discover the value of an Economics degree by taking courses such as:

  • Game Theory
  • Money and Banking
  • Sports Economics
  • Natural Resource Economics


Excellence in Economics

  • Widely respected program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  • Top 100 Most Affordable Economics Degrees by University HQ.


Unique learning opportunities in economics

UCM values experiential, hands-on learning and encourages Economics majors to get involved with on- and off-campus opportunities for professional growth.

  • Undergraduate research: Collaborate with program faculty to gain research skills that are in high demand in today’s data-driven environment. Past Economics majors have helped conduct a number of studies, including the effect no-smoking regulations have on actual rates of smoking, what biological responses can tell us about how people respond to risk in the context of losing or earning money and how to quantify the human quality of grit or stick-to-itiveness. 
  • Internships: Not all internship programs are created equal. You can trust the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies’ excellent track record for matching Economics majors to rewarding, interesting internships. Past Economics majors have interned with a variety of local and Kansas City businesses as well as with Warrensburg public schools.
  • Learning outside the classroom: As a major in Economics at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll have access to our experimental economics lab, where you can work with faculty members to conduct experiments in human behavior and decision making. 
  • Economics Club: Engage with your peers and faculty in new, fun ways. UCM Economics majors build community with a variety of events that include picnics, bowling nights, tours of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and more.


What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UCM?

An Economics bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri opens the door to a variety of fields. The quantitative research methods, tools for problem solving and skills in analyzing data that you’ll learn are invaluable in today’s job market. Economics majors pursue careers in everything from criminal justice to agricultural science and are well-equipped for success as entrepreneurs or business managers. 

A bachelor’s degree in Economics is also excellent preparation for graduate study. Law, economics, finance, marketing and management are popular fields of graduate study for Economics majors. 

Earn more with a degree in Economics from UCM

Use our interactive tool below to learn more about career and salary trends for Economics majors.




Major in Economics as a Transfer Student

If you’re transferring to the University of Central Missouri, a major in Economics may be an ideal choice for you. Numerous free-choice electives are built into our bachelor’s program. This flexibility makes it easier to count prior credits toward your undergraduate degree.

As a UCM transfer student with a major in Economics, you’ll be able to:

  • Graduate faster than other majors depending on the credits you’ve already earned
  • Continue to explore your other academic interests
  • Benefit from the high earning potential of an Economics bachelor’s degree


Financial assistance options for your Economics bachelor’s degree

Choosing to major in Economics at the University of Central Missouri is a smart choice for your financial future. We have low tuition fees and a reputation in thoroughly preparing students for the job market. Let us help you realize your strong earning potential, so you can pave a clear path to success. 

We offer many options to finance your degree in Economics. The majority of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have a recognized commitment to low student debt. UCM believes that a high-quality education should be accessible to everyone.

Economics majors may also be eligible for these exclusive financial awards: 

  • Robert and Tina Ralston Scholarship in Economics or Finance
  • Joel M. Mansfield Scholarship in Economics
  • Economics and Finance Scholarship
  • Porter and Diane Jeffries Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Economics majors frequently enter the job market after graduation, though some choose to pursue graduate study in Economics, Finance and other disciplines, including: 

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Make yourself more marketable.

Consider gaining expertise in a related field with one of these minors: 

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Explore programs related to economics.

You may also want to consider these options to maximize your job opportunities after college:


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