What is Economics?

Economics is the scientific study of how society manages its scarce resources. Economics majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring issues such as the production of goods and services and the distribution of income. As a growing field that intersects business and social science, economics allows students to apply economic theories and trends to pertinent issues including finance, labor relations, poverty reduction and public policy.


The bachelor of arts in economics degree fuses specialized study in economics with a broad foundation in liberal arts, preparing graduates for a wide array of opportunities. With over 30 credit hours of in-depth economic coursework, you'll develop strong research and analytical skills to solve complex problems of scarce resources and unlimited wants. The BA-economics program also offers flexible degree requirements, giving you the opportunity to customize your education to match your interests. With elective hours, you are able and highly encouraged to pursue areas of study that broaden your base in the liberal arts and deepen your understanding of economic-related fields.

Review the program outline or contact the Lindner College of Business Undergraduate Office at 513-556-7030 for more information.

Career Possibilities

Many students choose to further their studies in graduate school, especially in business and law schools. Career possibilities for students who graduate with a major in business economics include:

  • Entry-level positions in line management
  • Staff positions in fields such as operations research; labor and employment relations; sales and marketing; and banking and finance
  • Foreign service
  • Public utilities
  • Government sector

Companies that have recently hired Economics students and graduates include Nielsen, Paycor, Toyota, AMEND, City of Cincinnati, Delta, Intelligrated, Kao USA, The Kroger Co.

Kautz-Uible Economics Institute

The Kautz-Uible Economics Institute is a critical component of the University of Cincinnati Economics Department, providing creative opportunities for enhanced learning and growth to students, faculty and alumni.

The Institute is far-reaching in its impact and is the vehicle for advancing the Department of Economics in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. Established in 1982 as the Hewett-Kautz Fund, the Kautz-Uible Economics Institute continues to be transformational in its impact.

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Erwin Erhardt, PhD

Associate Professor - Educator, Department of Economics

2451 Carl H. Lindner Hall