Economics isn’t just a degree—it’s a mindset

An economics degree from a top research institution like the University of Iowa teaches you how to think and how to unpack complex economic issues. As an econ major, you’ll gain a fundamental understanding of how modern society operates—from business to politics, healthcare, public policy, the environment, and world affairs. The University of Iowa offers three different degree options in economics:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) awarded by the Tippie College of Business. The BBA in economics emphasizes the economic foundations of business. Check out the curriculum for the BBA in economics.
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BA incorporates a balance of economic theory, mathematical tools, and field applications. See the General Catalog  for course requirements for the BA in economics.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BS maintains a similar balance as the BA, but emphasizes analytical skills. Learn about the course requirements for the BS in economics.

Tracks within the BBA in economics

Business

Perfect track if you're looking to work in the private sector, or planning to pursue a graduate business degree such as an MBA or a business master's in the future.

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Policy

The track for you if you're interested in a decision-making position in the private or public sector or planning to earn a law or nonquantitative graduate degree.

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BBA courses and course requirements

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Common required courses

  • Intermediate Microeconomics 
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 

Business track courses

  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Personnel Economics
  • Money, Banking, and Financial Markets
  • Global Economics and Business
  • Industry Analysis
  • Economic and Business Forecasting
  • Household Finance
  • Business and Government

Policy track courses

  • Global Economics and Business
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Regional and Urban Economics
  • Policy Analysis
  • Sports Economics
  • Transportation Economics 
  • Health Economics
  • Urban Transportation
  • Law and Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Topics in Policy Economics