Economics (LAS) Program

The economics major shows you how people and businesses use resources. It is available through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Foster College of Business.

Preparing You for Success

Economics gives you a foundation in technical and problem-solving skills important in a global economy. The degree is offered through two academic colleges to meet your career interests. The LAS degree prepares you for a career in public policy or government, while the Foster College degree prepares you for a business career. You complete the degree with a capstone research project.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Professional development and networking through Bradley’s Economics Club and Omicron Delta Epsilon.
  • Mentoring relationships with faculty who are active in local business development
  • Internship opportunities at businesses such as Caterpillar, Inc., the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Northern Trust and JUMP Simulation Center 

Making Your Mark

Economics majors are valued in all settings. In recent years, all Bradley economics graduates found jobs or continued to graduate school or law school within six months of graduation. They are working for nationally recognized firms such as Accenture, Goodwill Industries, IDEX, Sprint and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 40 hrs.

  • ECO 221: Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 100: Introduction to Economics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 222: Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 300: Economics Colloquium for Juniors - 1 hr.
  • ECO 332: Intermediate Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 333: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 400: Economics Colloquium for Seniors - 1 hr.
  • ECO 498: Senior Seminar in Economics, Part I - 1 hr.
  • ECO 499: Senior Seminar in Economics, Part II - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 301: Money and Banking - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 305: Public Expenditure and Finance - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 310: Labor Problems - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 325: Urban Economics - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 362: Economics and Law - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 391: International Trade - 3 hrs.
  • MIS 173: Information Systems and Business Applications - 3 hrs.
  • QM 262: Quantitative Analysis I - 3 hrs.
  • QM 263: Quantitative Analysis II - 3 hrs.
  • Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    or MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
  • ATG 157: Accounting Principles - Financial - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose two) - 6 hrs.

  • ECO 301: Money and Banking: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 305: Public Expenditure and Finance: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 309: History of Economic Thought: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 310: Labor Problems: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 313: American Economic History: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 319: Introduction to Econometrics: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 325: Urban Economics: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 335: Managerial Economics: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 345: Comparative Economic Systems: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 351: Economic Development: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 352: Industrial Organization: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 355: Supply Chain Economics: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 360: The Economics of Healthcare: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 362: Economics and Law: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 370: Game Theory: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 391: International Trade: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 399: Special Topics in Economics: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 418: Mathematical Economics: 3 hrs.
  • ECO 434: Readings in Economics - 1-6 hrs.

Note: Minimum of 27 semester hours in economics including at least 24 semester hours above the 100 level