College of Business
Department of Economics
Economics is the science of decision-making. Economics examines how individuals, businesses and government make choices in everyday life. Students learn to develop and analyze economic models that stress causal relationships. Students also learn rigorous statistical analysis that allows them to turn data into actionable insights that guides policy decisions.
The University of Akron's Economics and Business Data Analytics programs prepare students for a career in Economics by providing a high-quality education rich in experiential learning and the opportunity to learn from the best.
Undergraduate ProgramsBBA Business Data Analytics
Students that graduate with a BBA in Business Data Analytics are prepared to answer important questions that arise in organizational decision-making that can be informed by economics and analyzed using data.BA in Economics
Students that graduate with a BA in Economics, a flexible liberal arts degree, are trained in economic theory along with data analytic and critical thinking skills required to investigate real world economic issues in society.
Interdisciplinary ProgramsBA in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics
Students that graduate with a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, an interdisciplinary degree, will be prepared to enter a broad range of careers that require critical thinking skills and a diverse knowledge background.Minor in Economics
The economics minor is an 18-credit program with sufficient flexibility to complement any major at UA. Students are trained in basic economic theory along with critical thinking skills required to investigate real world economic problems.
“In a world increasingly surrounded by data, pursuing an undergraduate degree in economics leads to the development of core skills such as data analytics, public speaking, teamwork, and problem solving that are valuable to any employer."
Economics major, Class of 2015
Research Team Manager, Team NEO
Named "20 in their 20s” by Crain’s Cleveland Business in 2019
Through regular coursework that utilizes the data analytics software program, SAS, undergraduate students can earn an Economic Data Analytics Certificate of Completion jointly offered between the SAS Institute and The University of Akron. This certificate provides tangible evidence to employers of our students’ econometrics and data science skills.
Incoming Business Data Analytic majors can also apply for College of Business Scholarships.
The University of Akron provides affordable excellence for students and their families through the Akron Guarantee Scholarship.
Economics students conduct their own independent research in their senior project as a capstone, which requires them to use statistical and data analysis to research an economic topic.
Economics students have received external recognition for their research by presenting their senior projects at local and regional conferences and by publishing in a peer review professional journal. Read some of the senior projects.
100% of our graduates find jobs upon graduation or go on to graduate school because of the strong market demand for economics majors.
About one-third of our undergraduates go into a graduate program and about two-thirds find analyst positions in degree relevant jobs within six months of graduation in organizations such as Goodyear, Progressive Insurance, KeyBank, FirstEnergy, the FBI, and Team NEO.
Students are provided strong support to get ready for the job market through The University of Akron's Career Services.
College of Business
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The College of Business EDGE Professional Development program provides students with professional development activities so our graduates are career ready and connected.
The University of Akron and the College of Business provide a wide-range of services and resources to assist you throughout your college career.
You will learn from the best! Our faculty are exceptional leaders in their field. They provide students with individualized attention and will be your champions from day one.
Ohio Economic Forum
The Ohio Economic Forum is an annual event hosted by the Department of Economics which discusses pressing issues related to Ohio’s economy.
Department of Economics
College of Business
259 S. Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44325
The Department of Economics receives research funding to find solutions to economic issues facing households, businesses, government, and society today. Find out more about the research by our faculty.
The Economics Department Advisory Board comprised of alumni and distinguished industry leaders from across Northeast Ohio and the United States provides mentoring to our undergraduate students, scholarships, and guidance for the continuing development of its undergraduate programs.
Economics in the News
A simple one percent increase makes a difference.
The keynote speaker and panel of experts at the Ohio Economic Forum were consistent in their recommendations. They all advocate for higher investments in education, amenities, and infrastructure as the best path to turn Ohio around after decades, if not more than a century, of losing ground economically compared with the country overall.More News
Message from the Chair
Professor and Chair
Welcome to the Department of Economics at The University of Akron, where we focus on the application of economics to real-world problems of policy and business. Our undergraduate programs provide economics majors with broad knowledge of important theoretical aspects of economics as well as expertise in empirical analysis.
Our majors develop critical thinking and data analysis skills which are highly valued by employers. Our students learn how to ask interesting economic questions and use their training to pursue answers on their own in their senior project. After their undergraduate experience, students go on to careers in business, government and law, with many pursuing post-graduate degrees. The college advising office and I assist students in selecting courses, finding internships and choosing career paths. Our Economics Advisory Board members, usually alumni of our department, mentor our undergraduate majors and sponsor scholarships.
All of this is achievable due to our diverse and talented faculty who are excited to help students navigate the world of economics. Our faculty conduct research, publish in high-quality academic journals and advise businesses and government agencies. Their scholarship and experiences translates into high quality instruction in the classroom to support students' learning.
I welcome you to learn more about economics, our programs and our department by exploring our website. Please contact us directly if you are a prospective student interested in an economics major or business data analytics major so we can help you tailor an economics program that meets your interests and needs.
Grunberg Speaker Series
The Grunberg Speaker Series was inaugurated in 1998 with Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon, delivering the first lecture to honors the late Emile Grunberg, professor emeritus and eminent scholar in the fields of economic methodology and the philosophy of science.