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Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics

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About OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Business 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 will provide you with the necessary skills to enter the business world with confidence.

Ottawa’s BBE 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.

BBE graduates 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.

Three BBE 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.

Career Outlook for the B.A. in Business 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 5 percent through 2029, 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. This median annual wage for occupations relating to business economics was $69,800 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,825.

Perspectives on the BBE

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.

For more information about earning your Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics at Ottawa University, contact us today.


For curriculum and course descriptions of OU's Business Economics degree program, download a program overview.

Foundation Courses

  • ACCOUNTING FOR BUSINESS OPERATIONS
  • MACROECONOMICS
  • MICROECONOMICS
  • COLLEGE ALGEBRA

OR

  • DISCRETE MATHEMATICS

OR

  • BUSINESS MATHEMATICS
  • BUSINESS STATISTICS

OR

  • INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
  • BUSINESS ETHICS

MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement. 



Take one of the following three courses:

College Algebra | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 MAJOR COURSES

Intermediate Microeconomics | 
Further develops the topics in Principles of Microeconomics with a richer set of economic tools.  Economic analysis is applied to the bhavior 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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 | 
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 COURSES

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