College of Business And Economics

Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics (ECON)

Academic and Professional Skills Developed by the Degree Program

Economics is the science of making choices among scarce resources. These choices are made by individuals who act through numerous social institutions such as families, business firms, financial institutions, governments, labor unions, trade associations, and charities. Economics applies a rigorous method for analyzing choices-constrained maximization to investigate how these institutions make decisions to purchase, produce, and trade resources and goods that satisfy human desires. The Economics Degree program at AUK provides the student with the comprehensive study of domestic and international economics. The student will learn the principles of economics, the theories and< methods of economic analysis, the nature of international economic activity, the character of regional Arab economics and the economics of oil and energy. In this Program, students will also examine economic issues including labor, trade, finance and investment.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics are sought after by banks, businesses, international corporations, government agencies and non-government organizations. In addition, the degree program in economics at AUK will provide the student with a solid foundation to continue graduate work in economics. Furthermore, the study of economics complements the study of management and business administration and other social sciences, including anthropology, political science, and sociology and provides a solid undergraduate foundation for students intending to pursue graduate programs in business, law, accounting, finance and public administration.

Economics Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Economics the student will be able to:

  • Critically assess the economic impact of shocks to a market by utilizing the skills learned in microeconomics and macroeconomics.  These include being able to determine the impact of changes in variables on economies, identify correlative factors within a market, and distinguish empirical statistical data findings from normative results.
  • Understand analytical concepts such as comparative advantage and exchange to identify efficient market resource allocation as well as acquire the ability to determine the opportunity cost of alternatives and to compare static data analyses.
  • Professionally present an interpretation and analysis of economic data and markets.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic technical skills when organizing and analyzing statistical data and presenting visual information.

Admission to the Program:

  • Students must formally declare their interest in taking the BBA in Economics by the end of their
    sophomore year or second year of full-time coursework.
  • Students must have completed STAT 201 with a grade of “C” or better.

University Degree Requirements (124 Credit Hours)

To receive a BBA in Economics, students must complete at least 124 credit hours:
  • General Education Requirements (49)
  • Core Courses (25)
  • Major Courses (12)
  • Major Electives (12)
  • Internships (3)
  • Free Electives (23)

General Education Requirements (49 Credit Hours)

Students who plan on a BBA degree in Economics are advised to complete the following General
Education Requirement courses:

MATH 103 

Mathematics for Business



MRKT 110




STAT 201



These are prerequisites for many Economics courses and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Core Courses (25 Credit Hours)

Students majoring in Economics must complete the following 8 courses (25 credit hours):

ACCT 201  

Principles of Financial Accounting


ECON 200

Principles of Microeconomics


ECON 201

Principles of Macroeconomics



Math & Stat for Econ & Business


ENGL 305 

Professional Writing and Communication


FINC 332

Financial Management


MGMT 201

Principles of Management


MRKT 200

Principles of Marketing


Major Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Students must complete the following 4 Core Courses (12 credit hours):

ECON 300

Intermediate Microeconomics


ECON 301

Intermediate Macroeconomics


ECON 351

Money and Banking


ECON 363 

Environmental & Resource Economics


Major Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Students are required to complete 4 courses from among the following, 2 of which must be at the

ECON 304  

Economics of Labor


ECON 305

International Economics


ECON 315

Managerial Economics


ECON 369

Short Course


ECON 389

Special Topics


ECON 405

Comparative Economic Systems


ECON 429

Advanced Environmental & Energy Economics


ECON 452



ECON 485

Seminar in Economics


Internship (470/473)

All students must participate in an Internship Program for each BBA Major. The Internship Program
provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their capacity for leadership, teamwork, and
business activity in the context of work experience. Internships are completed in the Junior or Senior year and while in residency at AUK. The student is limited to a maximum of 6 credit hours of internship. A maximum of 3 credit hours (taken in increments of 1, 2, or 3 credit hours) may be applied toward any one Major. If a student takes an additional 1-3 credit hours of internship, those credits may be counted towards a student’s second Major, Minor, or as free electives. For the duration of the semester, students are responsible for working 42 hours per semester for each credit hour. Students are to refer to the College’s Internship Handbook for further details of the internship process, requirements, and method of assessment.

Free Electives (23 Credit Hours)

Students must take sufficient electives to complete the 124 credit hour requirement for graduation. They are strongly advised to consult with their Academic Advisor when choosing these electives

Bachelor of Business Administration (ECON) 2013 - 2014 Year Plan