Bachelor of Science with a Major in Business, Business Economics and Public Policy Concentration

The bachelor of science in business with a concentration in business economics and public policy degree program is concerned with the continuing business–government dialogue that leads to effective decision making and equitable relations between the public and private sectors. The program is designed to help students develop the knowledge and skills useful for a wide variety of positions in public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations. Students deepen their understanding of the social and legal environments that influence business and its relationships with government at all levels. Students also receive in-depth training in micro- and macroeconomic analysis. This key element of the field prepares students to perform rigorous and sophisticated analyses of the economic impacts of policy decisions on various types of institutions and organizations.

Study in this concentration also serves to ensure that students understand the workings of political systems and institutions, particularly those of the U.S. federal government. This understanding includes recognizing not only what government can do and achieve, but also the limits of its power and the role of private interests in driving political decision making in Congress and government agencies.

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In addition to the requirements for the bachelor of science with a major in business, the concentration in business economics and public policy requires five field courses:

Required field course
ECON 2101Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
Economics field course
One of the following:
ECON 2102Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 2158Industrial Organization
Political science field course
One of the following:
PSC 2211State and Urban Politics
PSC 2214U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I
PSC 2215U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II
PSC 2219Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSC 2220Public Opinion
PSC 2228Media, Politics, and Government
or SMPA 3428 Media, Politics, and Government
PSC 2229Media and Politics
Political institutions field course
One of the following:
PSC 2213Judicial Politics
PSC 2216The American Presidency
PSC 2218Legislative Politics
Policy focus field course
One of the following:
ECON 2136Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
ECON 2148Survey of Health Economics
ECON 3190Law and Economics
GEOG 2120World Regional Geography
IAFF 3190Special Topics in International Affairs (Human Rights and Ethics)
MGT 3305Human Capital Sustainability
PSC 2222Science, Technology, and Politics
TSTD 4900Special Topics (Advocacy & Lobbying)

Students should consult with an advisor for specific bachelor of science in business general education courses that apply to this concentration.