The goal of the BA in Economics is to prepare future leaders with the proper analytical, ethical and oral communication skills which are necessary to succeed withinall areas of economics. This is accomplished through offering students a solid foundation in economics to understand the complexities of the economy and how it impacts and is impacted by all other aspects of society. This is then complemented by selection of a track of study in economics and related courses that is more focused on a student's individual interests and career aspirations. Upon completion students will be able to engage in evaluative and critical analysis of economic issues and determination and evaluation of relevant policies both in the general economic contexts as well as those in their chosen track. This prepares them for careers in their designated areas of interest as well as preparation for continued graduate study.
Policy: Global, National, and Industrial Track
The Policy track prepares students for either continued graduate study or careers immediately after graduation. Graduate programs include those in law, public administration, graduate social science programs such as 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 administration. Students who decide to gain practical experience immediately up[on graduation from Rockhurst would find some of the best opportunities in manufacturing and agriculture firms, business services, health care, utility companies, state and local government, and federal and international regulatory agencies and international organizations.
Financial Markets and Economic Analysis Track
The Financial Markets and Economic Analysis track prepares students for success withinboth the investments and the financial markets and institutions areas of finance. Consulting opportunities are prevalent in both investment management and asset planning. Banking, both commercial and retail, as well as investment banking offer an array of career choices. Investment management, including pension and trust management, offer future career choices. The global arena is becoming quite sophisticated, offering career choices in world portfolio investing including: the management of derivatives, hedge funds and venture capital organizations. Mergers and acquisition analysis is becoming popular within the investment fields. Careers in government are expanding within finance, since regulation is increasing due to the world stock market crash of 2008.
Social Justice Track
The Social Justice track prepares students who want to take their study to the service of others whether it is directly, through organizations, or through the development and implementation of relevant policy. This particular mix of courses is foundation for work in non-for-profit or foundation based careers, governmental careers at all levels focused on social policy, faith based careers geared towards the service of others in society, and in firms conforming to the growing trend of for profit organizations creating their own in house justice based arms. Additionally this is ideal for students contemplating further study especially in interdisciplinary fields such as sustainability, development, and peace and justice studies. Finally, this track is ideal for students considering domestic or international volunteer experiences as part of their career formation path.
Law and Economics Track
The Law and Economics Track prepares students seeking careers in advocacy, policy making, lobbying, as well as those seeking to further their studies in 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.