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Economics

Economics is the science of choices and decision making.

If you have strong reasoning skills, consider yourself a good problem solver or ever find yourself thinking about how the world could run more efficiently, our ACBSP-accredited major in economics may be the right choice for you.

Overview
Build your foundation in business and data

In our economics program, you’ll complete your studies within the School of Management. This means you’ll have access to courses that are not available in a typical economics department, such as organizational behavior, career development, marketing, finance and accounting.

As part of your coursework, you’ll go through our Center for Economics of Social Issues to use socioeconomic data from local, state, and national sources, and you’ll have access to regional economic statistics from our Center for Economic Research and Forecasting. Using math, statistics, and data modeling, you’ll gain a crucial skill set — known as quantitative analysis — by uncovering the economic implications of raw numbers.

Manage a real portfolio of investments

Want to learn how to invest strategically? You’ll be able to invest real money and trade real stocks as part of the Investment Club, which presides over a $55,000 student-managed fund. The hands-on experience of growing this fund will allow you to put to work the investment strategies that you’ve learned in your classes.

Create your personal schedule

From day one you’ll be on track towards graduation with a yearly plan. You won’t have to worry about what classes to take — we’ll help you create the perfect schedule with an academic plan that suits you.

Steven Dorfman Scholarship
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Covering 75-100% of tuition, the Steven Dorfman Scholarship is awarded to selected admitted students for majors within the School of Management.


At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

School/College

College of Arts and Science

Next Steps

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The Curriculum

With challenging and relevant courses, outstanding faculty, small class sizes, and an emphasis on hands-on learning, the economics program will position you to succeed in your chosen career.

Program Details

Find out what it takes to earn a degree in economics and explore the courses.


Highlighted Courses

Get familiar with some of the courses you might take in this major.

ECON 206: Economic Systems and Society

Examines the approaches of capitalist, socialist and communist societies in the development of economic systems and the formulation of governmental economic policies. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which nations attempt to use economic forces to achieve such social objectives as health care, education and social stability.

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ECON 321: Money and Banking and Capital Markets

The study of modern monetary theories and the principles of banking, with special emphasis on the Federal Reserve System.

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ECON 406: Intermediate Macro-Economics

The study of Keynesian economics, concepts and theories of national income, stability and full employment, rate of interest and investment, including macro-economic models.

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ECON 411: Intermediate Micro-Economics

A study of the modern theory of price and the laws of supply and demand. Includes price and output determination and optimal resource allocation in different market situations and in centrally managed versus free-market economies.

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ECON 414: Economics of the Environment

Students investigate, in economic terms, various environmental problems in today's world to determine the costs and benefits of alternative approaches to environmental remediation. Also examines major policy alternatives for environmental protection. The course provides the opportunity for application of the principles of economics to the study of the environment from an economic perspective.

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ECON 450: Econometrics

Econometrics is concerned with how to learn from economic data. Econometric techniques are increasingly used in business, government and academic setting to analyze markets, create forecasts based on past data, study the impact of economic policies, and test economic theories. The objective of this course is to provide the necessary tools to critically evaluate econometric models and to prepare students for empirical work in economics.

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4+1 Option: Fast Track Your Graduate Degree

Add further value to your degree by choosing the 4+1 Option, which gives you a head start on earning a related graduate degree. With 4+1, you’ll be able to take graduate-level courses as part of your undergraduate curriculum. After graduation, you’ll only need one additional year to complete your degree at Cal Lutheran — saving you both time and money.

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Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.


The Experience

We offer hands-on opportunities that give you the freedom to explore your passion through real-world work and prepare for a fulfilling career.

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Economics goes beyond numbers. The professors teach you how to think, not what to think. We are taught to support claims with evidence, extract meaning from data, and are expected to break down complex topics and communicate them in layman’s terms.

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Career Paths

Because the skills of an economics major are so adaptable, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of career paths. Some common choices include banking and finance, economic and demographic research and forecasting, and urban planning. Or, if you want to further specialize in economics instead of pursuing the more general MBA, our School of Management offers a highly regarded Master of Science in Quantitative Economics.


Potential Careers

Economists

Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.

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Management Analysts

Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.

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Budget Analysts

Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

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Financial and Investment Analysts

Conduct quantitative analyses of information involving investment programs or financial data of public or private institutions, including valuation of businesses.

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Labor Relations Specialists

Resolve disputes between workers and managers, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, or coordinate grievance procedures to handle employee complaints.

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Purchasing Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. Includes wholesale or retail trade merchandising managers and procurement managers.

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Supply Chain Managers

Direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.

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Quality Control Systems Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate quality assurance programs. Formulate quality control policies and control quality of laboratory and production efforts.

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Looking for more career paths? Search these related areas to discover more options.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

  • Bank of America
  • Homeland Securities Investigations
  • J.D. Power & Associates
  • Lieberman Research Worldwide
  • Merrill Lynch
  • NovaStore Corporation
  • Milken Institute
  • U.S Automobile Association

Graduate Schools

Our alumni have pursued advanced degrees at:

  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Virginia

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. Some occupations listed above may require a related graduate degree.

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After you graduate from Cal Lutheran, you receive free access to Career Services for life, as a valued member of our alumni family.

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of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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