Our Program

We prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors as well as graduate or professional school. We guide you through a 4-year plan.

The Ursinus Business and Economics department offers a major in Applied Economics as well as minors in Economics, Finance & Accounting, and Management Studies. Students who take our courses prepare to:

  • Define and research challenging questions, identify relevant data, and develop well-grounded conclusions and recommendations that reflect varying points of view.
  • Effectively communicate decisions and actions using oral, written, and visual means that are appropriate to purpose and audience and tolerant of differing views.
  • Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team.
  • Recognize the moral components of situations, consider the impacts of decisions and actions on others, and choose courses of action that are ethically defensible.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts in economics and the methodologies of analysis used in economics.
  • Analyze and apply economic concepts to business, finance, or public policy decisions utilizing data.

A Closer Look at our Major

A major in Applied Economics provides students with a strong foundation in economic theory and analytical tools. It emphasizes development of skills that are immediately useful in employment. Students concentrate in either Economics or Finance & Accounting. The concentration in Economics develops in-depth skills in application of economic theory to real-world problems. The concentration in Finance & Accounting prepares students for entry-level positions in banking, financial services, non-profit organizations and management. Below is an overview of the sequence of courses that you will take while majoring in Applied Economics. Because there is significant overlap between the Applied Economics major and the Economics minor, students cannot major in Applied Economics and minoring Economics, even if they are in the Finance & Accounting concentration.

Develop a strong foundation early

Foundation Courses
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Analytical Foundations
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Econometrics

Specialize and develop advanced skills by choosing an area of study

Finance/Accounting Courses 
(4 Courses)
Economics Courses 
(4 Courses)
  • Financial         
  • Managerial     
  • Tax                   
  • International Financial Reporting
  • Intro
  • Corporate
  • Investments
  • International Finance
  • Money & Financial Institutions            
  • Labor
  • Development
  • Behavioral
  • Health
  • Sports
  • Strategic Analysis
  • International Trade
  • International Finance
  • Money and Financial Institutions
  • Public Policy

During your Senior Year


Advanced Economics
Advanced Finance and Accounting

*All students who major in Applied Economics can fulfill the college’s capstone, writing and oral presentation requirements major by taking one of the seminar courses. Students pursuing the Economics concentration must take the seminar in Economics. Students pursuing the Finance & Accounting concentration must take Advanced Finance.  Honors projects satisfy the capstone requirement.

Applied Economics majors can also complement their course of study by completing one of the minors.  If you want to develop a general business background, you can take the Finance/Accounting concentration and minor in Management Studies.  If you want to prepare for a Wall Street career, you can concentrate in Economics and minor in Finance.