Undergraduate Major

Economics

Take the inside track as an economics major. Here, you'll gain the analytical skills to understand what drives the economy and influences the business world.

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Program Overview

Major in economics – and you’ll have the analytical skills that employers demand.

Here, we prepare you to think critically about how human behavior drives the economy and business world. Widener's economics major has two tracks from which you can choose: the general track or the financial planning track. Our industry-connected faculty will help chart your path with the aid of countless internship opportunities with Philadelphia’s global companies. By the time you graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue jobs in business and banking, law, education, information technology, and government – or you'll have a solid foundation to pursue graduate or law school.

The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This professional accreditation places Widener among the top one-third of college business schools in the U.S. and Europe.

Program Options

The economics program ensures that all graduates bring a high degree of critical thinking to any career path. Students who have strong math skills typically excel in economics courses.

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Economics majors have the option of taking the financial planning track, which prepares them to take the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards certification exam (CFP). See Loading....

Mission of the School of Business Administration

We prepare students for successful careers and leadership positions in business. We provide a challenging educational environment that promotes lifelong professional and personal growth through service and experiential learning. Our commitment to diversity and ethics inspires our students, faculty, and staff to become proactive and socially responsible citizens. We value scholarship and generate knowledge that is valuable to our professional and business community. We embrace the interests of our stakeholders and engage them in our programs and activities.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Knowledge

SBA students will demonstrate the knowledge that is appropriate to the business discipline.

a) Core business disciplines – Students will demonstrate proficiency in accounting, business law, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations, and quantitative analysis.

Leadership

SBA students will apply leadership skills in the development of business decisions.

a) Collaboration – Through teamwork, students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others to accomplish tasks that lead to decisions.

b) Communication of ideas – Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver business information with regard to audience and setting.

Application of Concepts and Technologies

SBA students will be competent in the application of core business concepts and technologies.

a) Critical thinking – Through course assignments, students will demonstrate the ability to effectively incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods in the development of business solutions.

b) Technology – Students will use the appropriate technology in the analysis and development of business solutions.

Social Responsibility

SBA students will utilize social responsibility principles in decision making.

a) Diversity and Multicultural Issues - Students recognize the complexity and interconnectedness of diverse or international groups of businesses, people, and societies through participation in exercises designed to showcase these issues.

b) Ethics and Social Awareness Issues - Students will recognize the ethical, social, and environmental impact of business decisions through participation in exercises designed to showcase these issues.

Combine another major with an economics minor to enhance your appeal for future employers.

An economics minor can strengthen your analytical skills and ensure you understand what drives the economy.

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Prepare for rapid career growth by completing two degrees in five years. When you graduate, you’ll receive a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in one of several graduate programs in the School of Business Administration.

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Program Highlights

Widener's economics program ensures students have the analytical skills that employers demand.

100%

of undergraduate students who participate in a co-op receive job offers

92%

of undergraduates surveyed after graduation are employed or pursuing a graduate degree

Business Mentorship

Real-World Experience

Take advantage of internships and co-ops related to economics. In partnership with Widener's Office of Career Design and Development, explore the opportunity to complete 12 months of full-time, paid co-op work and still complete your degree in four years. Or, you can pursue an internship at one of the countless global companies or organizations in the Philadelphia region.

Business Expert Faculty

Faculty Mentors

Our professors are here to connect you with professional insights and pipelines to success. They're engaged in scholarly and consumer-driven research and strive to create an environment where students like you can meet their intellectual potential and succeed in many career paths.

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Experience the World

Take your learning outside the classroom by diving into new cultures. We offer a variety of short-term trips to far-off places like Costa Rica and China, or longer study abroad opportunities in cities like London and Paris.

Faculty

Our faculty are committed to the professional and personal success of every student, offering consistent mentorship, feedback, and support.

Karen Leppel
Professor

"Economists don't just examine stocks, bonds, interest rates, inflation, and unemployment. We use economic tools and methods to study aspects of human behavior, such as marriage, divorce, discrimination, crime, addiction, and sports."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Students like you have graduated from our economics program and accepted positions in the public and private sector or pursued graduate or law schools. By making connections and gaining real-world experience, you’ll put yourself in a position to join them.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Mercer Advisors
  • DuPont
  • Vanguard
  • Merrill Lynch

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Corporate economist
  • Banking
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Lawyer (pursue a law degree)

Avg. Salary

$105,700

Per year (mid-level career pay for economics majors)

Take the Next Steps

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View Tuition and Fees

When comparing costs, we encourage you to look beyond sticker price. Because Widener is a private institution, we’re able to offer financial assistance that brings our exceptional education within reach.

Financial Aid

Our financial aid team takes the guessing game out of applying for financial aid. To determine your financial aid package, including scholarships and grants, apply and complete the financial aid process. You might be surprised at how much we can offer in assistance.

Next steps to apply

Applying online has never been easier—and it’s free! We also accept the Common Application. Take the next step toward joining the Widener Pride.

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