Politics and the Economy (BS)

The BS program in politics and the economy prepares students for careers that require a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between politics and the economy. This degree is a response to the growing recognition that many of the world's most pressing problems (e.g., growth and development, tax reforms and climate change) are fundamentally political and economic problems. The program combines core courses in economics and political science. Utilizing the strengths of both the Department of Economics and the School of Politics and Global Studies, students graduate with strong quantitative and modeling skills and a rich understanding of political context.

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Politics and the Economy (BS)
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Career Outlook

According to external forecasters of employment growth (U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. News & World Report), job opportunities for graduates of the politics and the economy degree program are expected to grow as fast or faster than the average growth of the labor force. They note that the demand for graduates grounded in economics and political science is driven by the growing complexity of the global economy, the increased implementation of financial regulations in wealthier nations, and the growing competitiveness of the business environment. In terms of specific sectors, undergraduates are well-prepared for entry positions in government at all levels (local, state and federal), business, economic and political consulting, and law. They are also prepared to pursue advanced degrees in law, business, economics or political science.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$90,870
Environmental Economists 5.7%$95,710
Survey Researchers11.6%$49,760
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists 18.6%$61,290
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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