Economics Overview

Rockhurst's Bachelor of Arts in economics program will prepare you, as a future leader, with the proper analytical, ethical and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in all areas of economics. We do this by offering a solid foundation in economics so that you understand the complexities of the economy, and how it impacts and is impacted by all other aspects of society.

Further focus your studies by selecting courses that fit your individual interests and career aspirations. Upon completion, you will be able to engage in evaluative and critical analysis of economic issues. You'll feel confident determining and evaluating relevant policies, both in the general economic contexts and those in your chosen track. Overall, the program prepares you to go right into the work place or for continued graduate study. View our program description (PDF) for more details.

Policy: Global, National, and Industrial Track

The policy track prepares you to go directly into the work force or onto graduate school. As a graduate student, you're ready to focus on law or public administration; social science programs in economics, political science and sociology; interdisciplinary programs such as planning and urban development, environment and sustainability, economic development and development studies; and a wide variety of specialized administrative programs such as health care administration. If you decide to gain practical experience immediately upon graduation, you can expect to find some of the best opportunities in manufacturing and agriculture firms, business services, health care, utility companies, state and local government, federal and international regulatory agencies, and international organizations.

Social Justice Track

The social justice track prepares you to use your expertise to serve others, whether it is directly through organizations, or through the development and implementation of relevant policy. This mix of courses is foundation for work in nonprofits, governmental careers at all levels focused on social policy, faith-based careers geared towards the service of others in society, and firms conforming to the growing trend of for-profit organizations creating their own in-house justice-based arms. Additionally, this track is ideal for students contemplating further study, especially in interdisciplinary fields such as sustainability, development, and peace and justice studies.This track is also ideal for students considering domestic or international volunteer experiences as part of their career formation path.

Law and Economics Track

Seeking a career in advocacy, policy making, lobbying or law? The law and economics track is for you. It also prepares you for law school and other graduate programs in the social sciences. This track represents a flourishing area of economics due to the natural ties between economics and the study of law and policy. Both fields are intricately tied to issues of justice, responsibility, the roots and consequences of crime in society, government intervention, and the economics of the legal order.