Bachelor of Arts in Economics 

Understand social behavior and business conduct from an economist’s perspective with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. This 123-credit undergraduate degree program helps you think critically and logically about the economy. 

The Economics Major curriculum emphasizes using an orderly way of thinking about—and solving—problems that can arise when making choices in situations that are beyond your direct experience. Coursework helps you gain the abstract reasoning and problem-solving skills used in economics. You’ll also form expertise in microeconomic and macroeconomic analyses, and you’ll study the economic aspects of current events and public policy.

Students are well positioned for careers in both public and private sectors, including fields in business, consulting, government, health sciences, international relations, public policy and more.  

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with faculty members in research related to economic issues, or conduct research through the Center for Regional Economics at Temple. Learn more about research in the College of Liberal Arts. 

Choosing Between Temple’s Economics Degrees 

Temple University offers three unique economics undergraduate degrees, each with a clear focus and professional import. In addition to the Economics Major, students can choose to study one of the following degree programs.

  • The Mathematical Economics BA, offered by the College of Science and Technology, specializes in the mathematical approach to economics. This degree is ideal for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in accounting, finance and other disciplines that require equal grounding in economics and mathematics.
  • The Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics, offered by the Fox School of Business, is ideal for students interested in acquiring a general business background with specialized exposure to economics. This major prepares students for management roles in both the public and private sectors.

+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

The College of Liberal Arts’ 4+1 Accelerated Degree Program affords students the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees within five years. The 4+1 program gives graduates a competitive edge when applying for jobs requiring advanced economic skills. Learn more about the accelerated 4+1 BA/MA program

Classes & Curriculum

The Economics BA is a 123-credit program that can be completed over four years of full-time study. Courses offered in this program include the following.

  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Statistical Business Analytics

Students are required to complete a senior capstone project in the Economics in Writing Seminar. Learn more about required courses for the Economic BA.

Related Graduate Degrees

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2018–2019 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year


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