Motivation and the Marketplace

Economics is a social science that employs logical reasoning to describe how people, firms and governments balance their desires with their limitations. While pursuing a B.A. in economics at Duquesne, you will learn what motivates people and how often-conflicting values affect behavior in the marketplace.From individuals to groups and corporations to governments, people behave differently, and a well-trained student of economics accurately can analyze those differences and their effects.

Economics Students Find Success

Economics majors are successful in a wide variety of careers. Our graduates are prepared to work as research and financial analysts in large and small businesses, consulting firms and at all levels of government. The study of economics also provides an excellent foundation for many graduate programs.

Economics in the Liberal Arts

Our undergraduate curriculum is steeped in statistics, economic history, psychology, sociology and political economy. Economics majors take a number of upper-level courses, including two courses in econometrics that require students to complete several rigorous research projects.

All economics majors have the opportunity to write and defend a major economics-related thesis. These research papers may be published in academic journals and/or presented at academic conferences.


Program Information

The B.A. in Economics combines statistics, history, psychology, sociology, and political economy. Explore motivations and behaviors in the marketplace. Balance desires and limitations.

Program Type

Major, Minor



Academic Department




Required Credit Hours


Program Requirements

  • ECON 301 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 345 International Economics
  • ECON 353 Public Economics
  • ECON 481W Econometrics
  • ECON 484W Advanced Econometrics
  • ECON 319 Economics of Sports
  • ECON 320 Economics of Gender, Race and Immigration
  • ECON 331 Environmental Economics and Policy
  • ECON 490W Economics Senior Thesis
  • FINC 433W Financial Markets and Institutions
Select one of the following:
  • STAT 285 Business Statistics I
  • MATH 302W Probability & Statistics II
  • MATH 335 Biostatistics II

Minor in Economics

The minor requires 18 credit hours in economics, including:
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • additional 12 credits in ECON at the 300-level or above.