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Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Political Economy
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Making an impact on your community and society at large means recognizing your strengths and optimizing them so you can take action. If you have an interest in numbers, business, and analytical thinking, earning your undergraduate degree in economics can be the first step toward a rewarding career.

Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. Their research might focus on topics such as energy costs, inflation, interest rates, farm prices, rents, imports, or employment. Economists work mainly in business, finance, and government and the profession is projected to grow significantly over the next few years.

A bachelor’s degree in Economics from AUM provides students with a strong combination of theory and the practical, hands-on learning you need to hit the ground running in your career. You could work in economic analysis, economic and business modeling, economic and market forecasting, law, banking and finance, corporate finance, international business, or public service.

In this degree program, you can concentrate your studies in general EconomicsInternational Economics and Commerce,or Political Economy.

The Economics department offers various scholarship opportunities to help students pay for school. Our study abroad program includes travel to Germany to visit the Borse Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Spanish Stock Exchange, and London to explore the London Stock Exchange

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The Know How

What you will know with a Economics degree with a concentration in Political Economy from AUM

We Prepare You To Be Well-Rounded

Writing, researching, presenting, and collaborating are vital skills in this kind of work. You’ll start developing those skills in this program as you learn the fundamentals of economics.

We Encourage You To Think

The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Leading

This program will help you prepare for graduate studies–should you choose to pursue them–to advance in your career and have the best shot at leadership roles.

We Prepare You For The Job Market

Through internship opportunities, study abroad, hands-on assignments, and professional networking opportunities, you’ll be ready to jump into the job market.

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Points of Pride

  • AUM is the only institution in the Montgomery/River Region that offers a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Applied Economics.
  • Each year, the Economics department gives out at least $13,000 in scholarships.
  • Economics Club members have met with executives of the Chicago Federal Reserve, the Atlanta Federal Reserve, and political leaders in Washington, D.C.
  • AUM economics students have visited the European Central Bank,  Frankfurt Stock Exchange, Bank of England, Spanish Stock Exchange, and London School of Economics Center for Systemic Risk.
  • The department includes seven professors with their doctorates and one distinguished lecturer. The faculty gives scholarly lectures and publishes in top journals such as American Economic Review and Southern Economic Journal. Faculty members are also involved in public policy issues and consulting.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Fernando Sedano, Ph.D., is an economist at Morgan Stanley.
  • Arben Skivjani is an economic forecaster at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama.
  • Danielle Kelly is a project manager at Airbus Group.
  • Electra Henry is CEO of Theraquatics.com.
  • Michael Johnson is an attorney at Rabaleis Unland LLP.
  • Onisha Murray is an acquisition program manager at Gunter Air Force Base.
  • Erin Gillie is a student support adviser at 2U, an educational technology company.
  • Fellycia Kirana is an account manager at Regions in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Tomas Ptacek is an investment advisor at UK Trade & Investment in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Customize Your Concentration

  • Looking to enhance your criminal justice training for a robust and flexible career? A minor in Psychology orSociology could help.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Accountants track the flow of money for businesses and individuals. Economists track the larger trends that drive money and the resources that money represents. Both help businesses and governments plan for the future, make sound financial decisions, and set fiscal policies.

They share courses in the University core, business classes, and some economics classes. However, in your third and fourth years of study, you’ll have the opportunity to zero in on the concentration of your interest.

With an Art History concentration, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.

Degree Options

Is a Concentration in Political Economy right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
EconomistMaster’s degree (recommended)13% (Faster than average)$108,350
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales AgentBachelor’s degree4% (Slower than average)$64,770
Market research analystMaster’s degree (recommended)22% (Much faster than average)$65,810
Financial managerBachelor’s degree17% (Much faster than average)$134,180
Financial AnalystBachelor’s degree6% (As fast as average)$83,660
Budget AnalystBachelor’s degree5% (Slower than average)$78,970

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Economics Degree

Bachelor of Science in Economics

Modality

This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, Economics, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.  

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course#Course NameCourse Description
ECON 3110Intermediate MicroeconomicsThe study of how prices, output and size of plant are determined within varying economic market organizations. Prerequisite ECON 2010.
ECON 3120Intermediate MacroeconomicsStudies aggregate forces in an economy that seeks the goals of full production, full employment, price stability and growth. Topics include economic growth, the business cycle, issues in monetary and fiscal policy, balance of payments and exchange rate analysis. Prerequisite ECON 2020.
ECON 4800Senior Seminar in EconomicsEconomic analytical methods are applied to important economic issues confronting society. Students will employ theory and methods learned in previous Economics classes. The course will assess students’ ability to employ economic reasoning in discussions, written exercises and reports, and in-class presentations. Writing Intensive Course.
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