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Business Administration, BBA, Economics Concentration

Economics is one of the pillars of the social sciences and is the study of how a society uses its limited resources to produce, trade, and consume goods and services. You will learn that the field is broader than the study of money or business and that it provides a useful tool in the analysis of many issues, including individuals, families and entire countries. Whitworth's economics program provides students with faculty-mentors who bring varied and extensive industry and scholarly experience and who are committed to assisting students in the transtion to the professional world

Why study economics at Whitworth?

  • Work closely with faculty-mentors who can help you gain valuable experience through competitive internships, consulting projects and service-learning.
  • Challenge yourself by earning a place in Omnicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics.
  • Learn how to collect data and conduct quantitative analysis, how to create decision-making models, and other highly marketable skills that corporations are seeking.
  • Study sustainable development through study abroad programs in Central America.
  • Develop friendships and leadership skills (and set yourself and fellow students up for financial success) by participating in the Balance Your Bucs.
  • Participate in mock interviews with members of the local business community to prepare you for landing your first job.
  • Connect your faith or worldview to your coursework by considering ethical issues, including stewardship of resources, the biblical view of money, and the study of poverty and social issues.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our economics grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Economics graduates are prepared for a variety of positions, both in private and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. These positions include areas such as financial forecasting and budget analysis, marketing and consumer research, and investment analysis and financial planning, among other types of work in for-profit and not-for-profit employers.

Recent job placements include:

  • Samual Jarrett, partnerships account executive, Football Australia, Sydney
  • John Crosbie, consultant, Verus, Seattle
  • Leah Dassler, strategy consulting manager, Charles Schwab, Austin
  • Scott Bingham, data analyst, Encore Capital Group, San Diego
  • Ekow Nottinson-Nyaaku, financial analyst, Washington Trust Bank, Spokane

Our recent economics grads further their studies in top programs at institutions including:

  • Colorado State University
  • University of Texas at Austin

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Network with the business community through job fairs and mock interviews.
  • Study abroad with Whitworth business faculty and leaders.
  • Gain experience through internships and service-learning projects.

Step up with the Whitworth MBA

Whitworth offers an accelerated master of business administration option to undergraduates through our Step Up program. This program allows you to begin working on your Whitworth MBA as an undergrad and complete the program in one to two years after earning your undergraduate degree. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our MBA director.

Ask our faculty

Ask Associate Professor Ocasio

Associate Professor Vange Ocasio specializes in international economics and development.

Ask Professor Henager

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean Robin Henager specializes in financial literacy & education, microeconomics and econometrics.

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