B.S. in Economics Overview


With a major in economics, students will be in demand in both the private and public sectors. A course of study in economics will provide students with an understanding of economics and train students to engage in critical thinking by studying behaviors of firms, workers, resource distribution, and the performance of exchange systems.  Knowledge of economics is important in creating an informed public, and a minor in economics will equip students to engage society in an informed manner.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally because it develops supervisory and managerial skills that are necessary to advance in your career.

All of Alvernia University’s Business Department programs – including Economics – are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Careers in Economics

An economics degree from Alvernia can prepare you for a career in an area such as market research, consulting, human resources, statistics, politics, and law. For more information about the economic field and to get an idea of some jobs currently available, go to the website "Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics" at https://www.bls.gov. This is the government's premier source of career guidance featuring hundreds of occupations.

You also can research available economic-related positions and read the job descriptions to get a better idea of what various economic jobs entail.

While economics is a brand-new major at Alvernia, graduates of our other business majors have been successful in finding jobs with employers including:

  • Hi-Tech Communications
  • Magnatech International
  • Kellogg’s
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Prudential
  • First Union
  • Vanguard
  • Ernst & Young
  • Pennsylvania Department of the Auditor General


Master of Business Administration

Some business students pursue graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities.

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring an interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

Learn more about the MBA Program here.



All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.  You’ll need to complete 54-55 liberal arts core credits and complete community service hours.

Required Courses (58 credits)

In addition, Economic majors must complete 57 credits in the major.  View all business course descriptions here.

Required Courses (57 credits)

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting OR BUS 250 Accounting Principles
  • BUS 206 Management Principles
  • BUS 207 Marketing Principles
  • BUS 309 Advertising and Promotion
  • BUS 312 International Business I
  • BUS 342 Business Law
  • BUS 410 Financial Markets
  • BUS 411 Corporate Finance
  • BUS 426 Strategic Management
  • BUS 438 Business Seminar -OR- BUS 441 Coop Ed in Business I
  • BUS 444 Marketing Research Seminar
  • ECON 110 Current Economic Issues
  • ECON 348 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 349 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 352 History of Economic Thought
  • ECON 343 Economic Justice and Judeo-Christian Conscience
  • ECON 432 International Political Economy
  • MAT 208 Introductory Statistics -OR- MAT 209 Probability and Statistics

Required Requirments (6 credits) 

  • ECON 248 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 249 Microeconomics

Recommended Courses

  • BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I
  • BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

Business Minor

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

  • BUS 101 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 206 Management Principles
  • BUS 207 Marketing Principles
  • BUS 342 Business Law
  • BUS 410 Financial Markets
  • ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics
Experiential Learning 

Through internships, students have opportunities to apply theories and knowledge learned in the classroom in a variety of professional settings. In addition to providing exposure to the activities and expectations of a real-world workplace, internship experiences help students develop their network of professional contacts.

Alvernia believes that real-world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment.

You will not only benefit from experienced faculty members who have extensive experience in the business world, you’ll also get the opportunity to participate in learning opportunities in real business settings through internships and cooperative experiences.

Some of the organizations with which Alvernia business majors have had internships include:

  • The Camden Riversharks
  • Citizens Bank
  • Cott Beverage
  • Ernst & Young
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Haines & Kibblehouse
  • InRoads
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Philadelphia Eagles
  • The Reading Royals
  • Service And Access Management (SAM)
  • Superior Oxygen
  • U.S. Department of Finance
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Walt Disney World
  • Webb Insurance


Research Opportunities

Research is a valuable aspect of any education. Business faculty at Alvernia conduct research in a variety of areas, including leadership, management, organizational development, strategy, market research, international marketing, time management, conflict resolution, international leadership and hiring of part-time employees.

As a business major, there may be an opportunity for you to assist in faculty research, and to benefit from the knowledge gained through faculty research.


To determine the cost of this program, please visit our Tuition page.  For a personalized estimate, please contact an admissions counselor at 610-790-8269 or at admissions@alvernia.edu.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loan, grants, scholarships, and payment plans. Our admissions counselors can help you identify the aid that is available to you and for your program. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.


All programs offered by Alvernia University are approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.



Learn More

For more information about Alvernia’s economics program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu, or reach out directly to:


Dr. Samuel M. Bradley

Business Department Chair & Associate Professor of Business



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