In the Economics major, students analyze production of firms, public finance (including taxation, spending, and regulation), and behavior of individual consumers. Students develop critical thinking and research skills, as well as the ability to synthesize large amounts of information, preparing to become viable employment and graduate school candidates.
The major in Economics teaches students the logical structure and problem-solving skills that will help them understand both individual and aggregate tendencies. Students learn quantitative research and analytical skills in a variety of courses including econometrics and intermediate micro and macroeconomics.
The Economics major is available as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). The B.A. in Economics follows the general education requirements of the College of Liberal Arts, covering a broad range of disciplines. The BBA in Economics features a more focused general business core curriculum.
Individuals who successfully earn their degree in Economics are well prepared for graduate studies, policy-oriented research, consulting activities, and other employment across a multitude of industries. They can go on to work as business professionals in positions including: financial risk analyst, economist, investment analyst, statistician, management consultant, or local government officer.
Recent placements of Mercer economics graduates include positions with Georgia-Pacific, BlueBird, Techtronic, and George Mason Law School.