Advice for Business Economics Majors

Interim Program Chair: Dr. Kenneth Louie 

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

A typical schedule for a first-semester Business Economics major includes Rhetoric and Composition or Honors Freshman Composition; Techniques of Calculus or Calculus with Analytical Geometry I; one general education course each in the humanities, natural sciences, and arts; and a 1-credit First Year Seminar. Second semester courses generally include arts, humanities, and natural science general education requirements; and health or kinesiology.

Additional Advising Notes:

  • The Non-Business Supporting Course requirement for the BECON major has been revised. Students are still required to take a total of 15 credits of non-business supporting courses. Although students are encouraged to concentrate their supporting coursework within one or two supporting course areas, ANY COMBINATION of courses from the departmentally approved list of non-business supporting courses may be chosen. The approved list encompasses coursework in international studies, foreign languages, education abroad, psychology, quantitative methods, and written and oral communication. See the BECON checksheet for a list of these courses.
  • Econ 304 (Intermediate Macroeconomics) is required for all ECNS majors. This course is only offered every other year, so you MUST be sure to schedule it when it is offered. 
  • Dr. Jim Kurre has a file of one-page course descriptions for upper-level ECON courses that give info on what each course is really all about, how it is graded, whether there's a paper/project, etc. Stop by his office (284 REDC) to get your copy, or email him at .
  • It is recommended that business economics majors consider joining the campus Econ club, the Society of Undergrad Economists (SUE). Meetings are usually every other Tuesday, and include free pizza. The club also typically goes on a spring road trip to places like New York City. 
  • You should be creating a portfolio of your work that you can use in your job search. This should include copies of major papers you do in your Econ classes. If you can demonstrate that you know how to find, download, and clean up data, use Excel, do statistical analysis (e.g., correlation, regression, hypothesis testing), write clearly and correctly, and create graphs, you greatly improve your chances of getting hired. Our grads have often told us that showing a prospective employer a research paper has helped get them interviews and jobs. Make a point of doing this!
  • You may also want to consider doing a summer undergraduate research project and applying for a grant from the college to do it. ECON 485 (Econometrics) is especially good preparation for this.

Career Advice:
Check out Career Tracks for Business Economics Majors for the various career tracks that graduates take, along with course recommendations for each track.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the Academic and Career Planning Center to discuss what you should be doing NOW to help ensure a job or admission to grad school after graduation. During their junior year, students are STRONGLY ADVISED to take the job search course offered by ACPC.

We have nearly 200 grads from our ECNS and BECON programs over the years, and we keep in touch with many of them. They live in Erie and in many other cities throughout the country, and work for a broad variety of employers in both the government and private sector. If you would like to connect with some of them to find out about job or internship prospects or just to get some advice, please visit Dr. Kenneth Louie and 898-6265. 

Useful Resources:

National Association for Business Economics Career Center

Bureau of Labor Statistics's Occupational Outlook

Job Opportunities for Economists:

Our graduates have found employment at several of the following organizations/agencies:

Bureau of Economic Analysis

Bureau of Labor Statistics

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Commerce

Federal Reserve System

“All” U.S. government jobs

Moody's Analytics/


If you have any questions regarding scheduling, feel free to e-mail Dr. Kurre, call him at 898-6266, or drop by his office in Burke 284.