Economics Degree

Economics makes up the foundation of any modern-day society. From the groceries we buy to the strength of the job market, every part of our lives is connected through economics.

Earning your economics degree from Hardin-Simmons University is the best step you can take to enter a wide variety of jobs in industries such as law, healthcare, business, and government. For the past five years, 100% of our economics majors have either found employment or been accepted into graduate programs within six months of graduation.

An Economics Degree Designed for You

The field of economics offers many possible career paths based on your personal and professional interests. That’s why we offer four unique economics degrees that can prepare you to own and manage an organization, enter graduate school, or go into research and analysis. These include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics
  • Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Economics

While each degree will prepare for specific jobs for economics majors, all degrees will provide you with a solid foundation in topics including principles of macro- and microeconomics, econometrics, and the history of economics.

Program Contact

John A. Hill-Professor of Economics at the Kelley College of Business

Dr. John Hill

Professor of Economics

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Why Earn Your Economics Degree at Hardin-Simmons?

Highly Experienced Faculty

Thanks to our small student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll get many chances to work closely with distinguished faculty members who are committed to providing an educational experience grounded in the real-world applications of the latest economic theories. With decades of experience working in law, research, and investment, they can help you answer, “What can you do with an economics degree?”

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An Economics Degree with a Strong Community

As an economics major at HSU, you’ll join a thriving community of students and faculty who share your passion for learning. Many economics majors participate in student government and join the business honor society, Delta Mu Delta, as well as the national honor society for economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon. You’ll also grow your professional network through our strong connections to local businesses.

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Exceptional Preparedness

We take great pride in the many accomplishments of our economics majors—particularly their success after graduation. When you earn your economics degree at HSU, you’ll join a program with a 100% employment and graduate program acceptance rate, giving you the best chances of finding a rewarding career after graduation.

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What Can You Do With an Economics Degree?

Earning a bachelor’s in economics can prepare you to work in banking, accountancy, law, healthcare, finance, or data analysis—to name only a few of the possible sectors you can enter.

Our rigorous, well-balanced, economics degree programs can also make you a competitive applicant for graduate economics degrees. Our recent graduates have gone on to study at prestigious universities including Texas A&M, the University of Arkansas, and Baylor University.

As an economics major, you’ll benefit from very good job security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for economics majors are predicted to grow 13% over the next decade, adding about 1,600 new jobs each year.

Jobs for Economics Majors

Thanks to the prevalence of economics in every major industry, there are many jobs for economics majors with bachelor’s degrees, including:

  • Financial analyst
  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Financial consultant
  • Financial planner
  • Economic researcher

Salary for Economics Graduates

According to, the average salary for economics majors with a bachelor’s degree is $78,000, significantly higher than the national average for other occupations.

Program Details

Whichever economics degree you choose, you’ll have the freedom to further customize your course of study. In addition to a minor field of study, you’ll also have 12 hours of business electives and 18 hours of general electives—enough to add a second minor. Pursue a personal passion or explore a specific niche within economics that interests you.

Our economics degree program offers several departmental scholarships for economics majors. In addition, you may be eligible for university-wide scholarships and grants to help you pay for your economics degree. Learn more about scholarships at Hardin-Simmons University.

If you’re considering earning a bachelor’s in economics, you may also be interested in learning about similar programs at Hardin-Simmons University:

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance