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The BA in economics degree program at Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management provides excellent training for a wide variety of professions. 

Graduates with a BA in economics often pursue careers in:

  • Business
  • Data analytics
  • Finance
  • Management and economic consulting
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public administration
  • Law

Ready to apply? Learn about admission deadlines and requirements.

World-class Faculty in Economics

You’ll develop relationships with faculty members in and out of the classroom, with opportunities to assist Weatherhead School faculty in their research activities or participate in your own independent research projects.

Some of our world-class faculty include: 

  • David Clingingsmith, whose research is centered on the economics of developing countries
  • Jenny Hawkins, whose research focuses on antitrust law and economics
  • Susan Helper, who has numerous publications in refereed journals such as Journal of Economic Perspectives, Industrial and Corporate Change, American Economic Review, and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. 
  • Scott Shane, the author of more than 60 scholarly articles and author or editor of 10 books on entrepreneurship and innovation management whose work has been recognized among the best books for business
  • Daniel Shoag, whose research focuses on state and local government finance, worker signaling and the hiring process, and regional and urban economics. He was selected as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 in 2012. 
  • Roman Sheremeta is considered by RePEc to be among the Top Young Economists worldwide and is listed as a Top Economic Thinker of Ukrainian descent by Forbes in 2014
  • Mark Votruba is the recipient of the 20th Annual Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association in 2013

Meet Our Faculty

What Will I Learn as an Economics Student?

This 120-credit-hour program will teach you to analyze problems of resource allocation and decision-making and to understand the influence of these factors on economies and societies. You’ll learn how to analyze the performance of an economy using mathematical models and empirical data analysis using statistical software, R, or Python.

Training in economics allows you to understand how public policy and market forces interact to affect your profession, which better equips you to undertake future leadership positions in your field. Because the range of interests among economics majors is broad, faculty work with you to develop a plan of study that best fits your aspirations, career goals and interests.

See the General Bulletin for Specific Course Requirements

Quantitative Methods Concentration

The STEM-designated quantitative methods concentration focuses on quantitative application of economic theory, using mathematics, and statistics or other data analysis techniques. It consists of 15 total courses—three more than the regular economics major. 

It generally requires the same requirements as the economics major with some added requirements and courses. As with the general economics major, the order in which a student takes courses is flexible.

If you have an interest in mathematics or statistics, this concentration offers you the opportunity to apply such concepts to examine human behavior and decision making in a quantitative way. The concentration is unique because it also features a STEM-designation.

Minor in Economics

Study the complexities of modern society through the lens of economics. Whether your planned career path is in government policy work, data management, or engineering, minoring in economics adds marketable value to your education. With just 15 credit hours, you can easily add an economics minor to your undergraduate plan.

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The Economics Honors Program

Students majoring in economics have the opportunity to work closely with a member or members of the economics faculty to produce meaningful, original, self-directed research on a topic of your choice in the Economics Honors Program.

The program consists of a two-semester course sequence, ECON 397 and 398, which culminates in the completion of an original, independent research paper (an “honors thesis”). 

Completing these two courses satisfies the SAGES capstone requirement for the economics major. Students who receive a grade of “A” in ECON 398 will be eligible for graduating with honors in economics. To graduate with honors in economics, students must additionally complete ECON 326 and ECON 327 with grades of “B” or higher and must have a GPA in their economics coursework of 3.5 or higher.

Interested in the Economics Honors Program? Contact David Clingingsmith at or 216.368.4294 to get more information and learn how to apply.