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Economics (B.A.)

Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.

Economics is the social science that studies human material
needs, and how to maximize well-being with available
resources. Household, government and business decisions are
studied, as are trade and specialization among individuals and

Clarion’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics degree
provides a traditional liberal arts education by combining
economics courses with courses in other social sciences, such
as history and political science. Students find this program
suitable for postgraduate work in law, business and economics,
or for beginning a career immediately after graduation.
Many positions are open to economics graduates. A minor in
economics is also offered, which complements many arts and
science majors.

The Economics Department at Clarion has an exceptionally
high Ph.D. coverage, and its low student-faculty ratio for
majors promotes high-quality instruction and personal
attention. Internships tailored to students’ personal interests
can be arranged with business, government and nonprofit
institutions. Located in Still Hall, the department has excellent
classroom and computer facilities.

The Economics Department sponsors PEACE and a
chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor
society in economics.

Economics (B.A.) Course Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.S. in Business Administration in Economics, students will be able to:

  • Become a financial analyst

  • Serve in management positions

  • Become an economist (GS-9 federal rating)

  • Become an account executive

  • Become a budget analyst

  • Become a sales manager

  • Become a consultant

  • Work in banking

  • Work in labor relations

  • Work in national intelligence

  • Work in utility management

  • Work in community development

  • Work in forecasting


Economics, B.A. (45 credits)
Required: ECON 211, 212, 310, 311 and 21 credits of 300- and 400-level economics courses chosen in consultation with a department advisor. In addition to these 33 credits, the following are required:

a. PS 210, PS 211
b. One course from HIST 120 or 121
c. One course from ANTH 211, SOC 211, PSY 211

In addition, the B.A. degree requires a competency in either foreign language [the student must pass the final exam for the second year (Intermediate II) or an equivalent thereof] or quantitative skills (the student must take ECON 221, ECON 222, and demonstrate mathematics competency on the level of MATH 232 or MATH 270).