Economics

Economics is the study of how individuals, firms and nations make choices when confronted with limited resources. At Saint Louis University, you’ll learn to apply theory and problem-solving skills while balancing public policy with the choices faced by today’s society. 

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Major in Economics

SLU offers two undergraduate degrees in economics: a Bachelor of Science in Economics; and, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Science, a Bachelor of Arts in economics. Students can choose to complete the economics minor in addition to their chosen major.

You’ll research microeconomic issues that are relevant to decision-making for individuals, private businesses and public policy, as well as macroeconomic issues, data and frameworks for examining the economies of the world and how they relate to each other.

Economics students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in all economics courses used to fulfill the major's requirements.

Highlighted Courses

Students are required to take ECON 3010: Introduction to Econometrics and then select from the following:

  • ECON 3790: Economies of Latin America
  • ECON 4080: Industrial Organization and Public Policy
  • ECON 4120: Law and Economics
  • ECON 4160: History of Economic Analysis
  • ECON 4200: Money and Banking
  • ECON 4300: International Trade
  • ECON 4310: Exchange Rates and the Global Economy
  • ECON 4400: Labor Economics
  • ECON 4450: Economics of International Migration
  • ECON 4500: Sports Economics
  • ECON 4560: Economic Development
  • ECON 4600: Public Finance
  • ECON 4700: Health Economics
  • ECON 4770: Advanced Econometrics
  • ECON 4930: Special Topics in Economics
Internships and Careers

SLU's urban location in St. Louis provides many internship opportunities at financial institutions and government agencies. Most internships are paid, and some may also earn academic credit toward your degree.

Students who graduate with a degree in economics from Saint Louis University have a long track record of being placed in graduate and professional programs that lead to high-profile jobs.

Faculty

SLU’s economics faculty combine high academic rigor and professional experience, applying business theory to real-world situations.

  • Nazmul Ahsan, Ph.D.
  • Heather Bednarek, Ph.D.
  • Muhammad Islam, Ph.D.
  • Fei Jia, Ph.D.
  • Hailong Qian, Ph.D.
  • David Rapach, Ph.D.
  • Dave Sanders
  • Fei Tan, Ph.D.
  • Bonnie Wilson, Ph.D.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Minor in Economics

Students may pursue a minor in economics, gaining specialized knowledge in areas that are critical to success in careers related to economics.

The minor requires 21 credits of coursework in economics, including:

  • ECON 1900: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 3010: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON 3120: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 3140: Intermediate Microeconomics
  • OPM 2070: Introduction to Business Statistics

Students then select nine credits of economics electives from the following:

  • ECON 3790: Economies of Latin America
  • ECON 4080: Industrial Organization and Public Policy
  • ECON 4120: Law and Economics
  • ECON 4160: History of Economic Analysis
  • ECON 4200: Money and Banking
  • ECON 4300: International Trade
  • ECON 4310: Exchange Rates and the Global Economy
  • ECON 4400: Labor Economics
  • ECON 4450: Economics of International Migration
  • ECON 4500: Sports Economics
  • ECON 4560: Economic Development
  • ECON 4600: Public Finance
  • ECON 4650: Public Choice and Political Economics
  • ECON 4700: Health Economics
  • ECON 4770: Advanced Econometrics
  • ECON 4930: Special Topics in Economics

Student Organization

Join the Economics Club

SLU’s Economics Club works to promote economic literacy for SLU students, by SLU students, through public speakers, tutors, discussions on current economic topics and club outings.