Bachelor’s in Economics

Learn to solve complex business problems across diverse fields.

If you’re smart, focused and interested in the complex workings of any organization, challenge yourself with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from PennWest University. Our BSBA Economics degree combines business fundamentals with specialized courses that equip you for success in an ever-changing business environment in fields as diverse as government, business and health care.

PennWest’s bachelors in Economics prepares you to solve complex business problems. It integrates business study with the liberal arts, natural and behavioral science and modern quantitative and information technology methods.

This fully accredited program teaches you to gather, organize and critically analyze data using mathematical formulas and statistics, and to develop models to predict the impact of investments, policy decision, industry trends, demographics and other variables.

Our faculty will serve as your mentors and advisors, in and out of the classroom. They will help you build quantitative critical thinking and analytical skills in order to make optimal decisions, allocate resources and solve complex economic problems. Let them guide you as you conduct meaningful research and present at professional conferences and competitions. You can also count on learning from industry experts who are committed to giving you the foundation you need to succeed.

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to advance to graduate school or to apply your knowledge as you begin an exciting career with high earning potential.

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Credits: 120

Sean Madden

ACBSP accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP) ensures a standard of excellence in business education.


Median annual wage for an economist with a master’s degree in 2021,according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Real-world experience

Internship opportunities help you make valuable connections atcompanies in Erie, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and other major cities.

Economics (BSBA)
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Careers and Salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of economists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. They predict approximately 1,400 job openings for economists each year, on average, over the next decade. While many organizations require economists to hold a master’s degree, some government agencies hire economists with a bachelor’s degree.

Many PennWest graduates pursue advanced degrees while others quickly find employment in private corporations, non-profit organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. Our alumni have built successful careers as economists, financial analysts, credit analysts, policy analysts, bank officers, loan officers, market research analysts and economic consultants.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in foundational concepts of functional business areas
  2. Exhibit critical thinking skills for the collection, analysis, and application of data and concepts
  3. Display cultural competence for ethical, sustainable, inclusive, and collaborative leadership practices including a global perspective
  4. Effectively communicate in oral, written, visual, and digital formats
  5. Solve complex problems by applying microeconomics and macroeconomics models and methodologies.
  6. Demonstrate ability to form a research question, create testable hypotheses, and apply appropriate statistical tools to draw conclusions about hypotheses.
  7. Evaluate the validity of information and data
  8. Effectively communicate results of an empirical analysis (in written and presentation formats, using appropriate data visualization techniques)

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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