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Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics

Online Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics

Are you considering pursuing an online degree in Economics? Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics (BBE) degree program is designed to provide students with real-world insight into the decisions made by leaders in business – entrepreneurs, managers, associates, executives, shareholders, etc. – as well as the impact of those decisions on society. The curriculum is built on a foundation of critical thinking in economics, and our economics classes will provide you with the necessary skills to enter the business world with confidence.

Ottawa’s accelerated, online economics degree offers a solid starting point for advancement in a business or government position, as well as for graduate work in business, law, economics, and finance. If you have a passion for solving business problems and a spirit for innovation, then OU’s business economics degree will build on what drives you naturally to prepare you for a long-lasting and fulfilling career.

For the complete Economics curriculum and course descriptions, please download an Economics program overview.

Economics Concentrations

Within the major, students can customize the economics degree to their preferences and skills by selecting one of three concentrations:

As a graduate, you will have critical thinking skills well rounded in the liberal arts tradition to be successful in providing solutions to problems found in business and life. These skills will include the ability to analyze existing systems or institutions, find economic data and other existing knowledge to apply it to a problem and then form recommendations to enhance efficiency and/or equity.

Why Earn a Degree in Economics?

As a graduate, you will have critical thinking skills well rounded in the liberal arts tradition to be successful in providing solutions to problems found in business and life. These skills will include the ability to analyze existing systems or institutions, find economic data and other existing knowledge to apply to a problem, and then form recommendations to enhance efficiency and/or equity.

To learn more about our online Bachelor's degree in Economics, contact us today!

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Business Economics is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Online

Economics Education and Qualifications

Jobs similar to many of those described above fall into a general category of “administrative services manager,” for which a bachelor’s degree is almost always required. A person in this type of job should have good leadership and communication skills and be able to establish effective working relationships with many different people, ranging from managers, supervisors, and professionals, to clerks and blue-collar workers. They must be able to coordinate several activities at once, quickly analyze and resolve specific problems, and cope with deadlines. For higher-level positions, a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) may be required. Many of our graduates continue their education with our accelerated, online MBA coupled with a concentration in Finance.

Economics Careers 

Graduates of our accelerated, online economics program are prepared for a wide range of management positions in industries like banking, brokering, financial services, and government. Job roles may include data analysis, administration, consulting, and process improvement. Since finance is a sub-field of economics and a core component of Ottawa University’s business economics degree, graduates will also be prepared to compete with finance majors for jobs like financial planner, security analyst, and insurance underwriter.

Career Outlook for Economics

The job field for business economics majors is wide open, with opportunities for growth in areas such as entrepreneurship, corporate management, banking, consulting and research. Employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, adding about 750,800 new jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for graduates with expertise in business economics. The average wage for business and financial occupations was $72,250 in May 2020, which was higher than the average for all occupations of $41,950.

Careers in Economics 

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Data analyst
  • Economic researcher
  • Economist
  • Financial consultant
  • Financial planner
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Investment analyst
  • Public sector roles

Economics Foundation Courses

  • Accounting for Business Operations | ACC 20364 | (4 credits)


  • Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 | (3 credits)


  • Business Mathematics | MAT 20143 | ( 3 credits)
  • Business Statistics | OAD 30763 | (4 credits)
  • OR

Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 | (4 credits)

Business Ethics | OAD 31664 | ( 3 credits)

**MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement. 


College Algebra | MAT 10643 | (3 credits)

College Algebra emphasizes problem solving techniques using algebraic concepts. The focus of the course is directed toward exploring how algebra is used in the social and physical sciences. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, composition and inverse functions.

Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 | (3 credits)
Offers an intuitive exposure to mathematical concepts useful in a wide variety of disciplines. The course focuses on concepts associated with propositional logic. Prerequisite:  Score of 16 on math placement exam non-math track or Score of 7 on math placement exam math track or Intermediate Algebra.

Business Mathematics | MAT 20143 (3 credits)
Focuses on basic mathematics skills, business mathematics applications and problem-solving strategies. Concepts include properties of real numbers, fundamental operations of rational numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, numerical and graphical descriptions of data, basic probability, and logical thinking.

Required Economics Major Courses

Intermediate Microeconomics | ECO 30163 (3 credits)
Further develops the topics in Principles of Microeconomics with a richer set of economic tools.  Economic analysis is applied to the behavior of individuals, businesses and governments as these agents interact in the market economy. The social consequences regarding equity and efficiency of the production and distribution of final goods and services is analyzed considering both monetary and non-monetary gains.

Money and Banking | ECO 30363 (3 credits)
Studies role of money and banking in United States economic development and in international finances, significance of money, banking history and development, commercial banking operations and structure, central banking and monetary management, alternative international monetary systems, and monetary theory and policy.

Spatial Economics | ECO 30463 (3 credits)
Businesses, households and governments must all determine where they will partake in economic activity. This course explores the decisions by individuals on where to do business. The formation of cities and suburbs both rural and urban is analyzed with special attention paid to issues of land use, transportation, crime, housing and entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurial Economics | ECO 33063 (3 credits)

Highlights the decision making of for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs and the impact of those decisions on society. Unpacks the decisions by policymakers on how (or if) entrepreneurship should be encouraged to increase social welfare. Special attention is paid to the tensions created by those who support free-market policies versus those who believe that governments must intervene to correct market failure.

Investment Finance | ECO 40664 (3 credits)
Explores financial system, financial institutions and primary forces which affect them. Emphasis on instruments and interactions in money and capital markets and analysis of firms for portfolio management.

Economics of Managerial Decisions | ECO 49003 (4 credits)
Capstone course which analyzes decision-making related to business topics like pricing, production, human resources, and marketing using economic tools. Topics include an application of econometric procedures used to analyze data for the purpose of decision makers. Students compile evidence of learning outcomes gathered from previous courses within the major.

Management | OAD 30563 (3 credits)
Discusses process for managing organizations including planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating. Examines administrative role in organizations and concepts relevant to its function and historical development of administrative thought.

Foundations of Finance | FIN 30000 | (3 credits)
Foundations of Finance focuses on the analysis of financial information within an enterprise. Problems and analysis will focus on the financial information related to capital requirements and the relationships of how financial decisions impact both the firm and the shareholder. Concepts used in FIN 30000 form the foundation of all elective finance courses. Main topics covered include time value of money, valuation of stocks and bonds, risk and return, and principles of capital budgeting.  Prerequisites: ACC 20364 Accounting for Business Operations

Recommended Economics Courses

  • Cost Accounting
  • International Economics
  • Special Topics: Global Business Perspectives
  • Introduction to Sociology 
  • Principles of Psychology

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download an Economics program overview.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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