College of Business
Undergraduate Business Program


Economics provides students with a broad business foundation and the tools necessary for success in nearly all aspects of business. Economics has connections not only to the other business disciplines but also to the liberal arts, including psychology, political science, history and more. As such, it is a major that can be pursued at Butler in two ways - either as a business student or as a liberal arts student. Economics is also an excellent track for students interested in pre-law.

As an economics student, you will acquire many of the skills highly valued by employers including writing, critical-thinking and quantitative skills. A Business Week study found that economics was the second favorite undergraduate major of chief executive officers of major corporations.

In addition to covering a wide range of business disciplines, the economics curriculum includes the study of microeconomics, macroeconomics and the addition of specialized electives.

Microeconomics is the study of how households and firms make decisions and how they interact in markets. Macroeconomics is the study of economy-wide phenomena, including inflation, unemployment and economic growth.

Economics Careers

The economics major prepares students for careers as managers and economic analysts in a broad selection of business, government or not-for-profit organizations or for graduate school. Economics is an excellent prelaw major. Below is a small sample of the employment opportunities available to economics majors.

  • Banking and Finance Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Lender
  • Economic Forecaster
  • Economist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Insurance Claims and Underwriter
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Public Policymaker
  • Securities Analyst
  • Securities Sales Representative
  • Strategic Planner
  • Survey Researcher

Double Majors

Double majors are available within the College of Business.