Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

This program is designed for students who expect to complete a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree in the College of Business and Economics of West Virginia University. To be accepted into the College of Business and Economics at WVU, specific courses require a grade of C- or better based into the intended field. Students should check the WVU website for current information.

Career Opportunities

The analytical nature of economics makes the major a very useful background for general management positions, as well as for general management and marketing consulting.

Admissions Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

GEF Elective Requirements (2, 5, 6, and 7)12
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
MATH 150Applied Calculus (GEF 8)3
or MATH 155 Calculus 1
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference (GEF 8)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (GEF 2)4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 8)3
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
BCOR 199Introduction to Business3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
ECON 2013ECON 2023
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3MATH 150 or 155 (GEF 8)3
 CS 101 (GEF 2)4
 GEF Elective (GEF 5)3
SOCA 101 (GEF 8)3 
BCOR 1993 
 15 16
Second Year
ACCT 2013ACCT 2023
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3STAT 211 (GEF 8)3
GEF Elective (GEF 2)3GEF Elective (GEF 7)3
GEF Elective (GEF 6)3Elective3
Elective3Elective 2
 15 14
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals


  • Graduates will be able to think critically and solve problems in business settings.
  • Graduates will be able to deal with the dynamics of individuals and teams within organizations and to motivate, lead, and inspire employees toward achieving organizational goals.
  • Graduates will be able to use computer and information technology in solving problems and perform functions commonly seen in managing businesses and other organizations.
  • Graduates will recognize the opportunities and challenges associated with the global marketplace.
  • Graduates will have an appreciation of the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues impacting the decision-making process.
  • Graduates will be able to communicate recommendations to management and other constituencies, orally and in writing.