Economics

Will today’s budget deficit impoverish tomorrow’s taxpayers? Do illegal immigrants take jobs away from native workers? Does free trade decrease our standard of living? What can be done to improve the US economy after the great recession of 2007-2009? Why is Africa still so poor but India is becoming so much richer?
 
Economics is the social science that helps answer all of these questions.  Economics is the social science that explores the concept of choice—how people choose to allocate scarce resources: time, money and effort.  By understanding the science of choice, economics holds powerful implications for the fields of policy, medicine and law. With its origin as a social philosophy, economics is closely related to the fields of sociology, political science, and anthropology. However, modern economics is distinguished by its use of analytical models and sophisticated statistical techniques to create a modern field with applications in business, government and society.
 
Students deciding to major in economics at Southern Miss can choose between the social science track and the mathematics track. Students in both tracks take a variety of courses from money and banking to international trade; from development economics to microeconomic theory; from econometrics to economic history. These topics are seen in their practical application in the capstone seminar where the students answer their own inquiry using the science of choice. 

A Four Year Road Map for Social Science Emphasis

About this Bachelor's Degree

The economics major is designed to prepare students for positions in business, government or education. The courses equip students for analysis of many of the economic problems and issues faced in middle- and upper-level managerial positions.

The curriculum also provides the foundation for graduate study in economics or in areas such as law, public administration and various business disciplines. Students in economics receive a broad foundation in communication skills, statistics and business.

The required courses also provide a thorough analysis of the important social, political and economic issues of our time. This background is particularly valuable for graduates who later advance to middle- and upper-level management positions.

The qualitative (social science degree) track provides a broadly based liberal arts education in “political economy,” an area of study that cuts across the normally separate domains of economics and politics, and examines the relationship of the two within the difficult calculus of public law.

The social science degree track is recommended for students planning to seek employment upon graduation or to pursue higher degrees in academic disciplines requiring a lesser preparation in mathematics and statistics.

 A Four Year Road Map for Mathematics Emphasis 

About this Bachelor's Degree

The economics major is designed to prepare students for positions in business, government or education. The courses equip students for analysis of many of the economic problems and issues faced in middle- and upper-level managerial positions. 

The curriculum also provides the foundation for graduate study in economics or in areas such as law, public administration and various business disciplines. Students in economics receive a broad foundation in communication skills, statistics and business.

The required courses also provide a thorough analysis of the important social, political and economic issues of our time. This background is particularly valuable for graduates who later advance to middle- and upper-level management positions.

The quantitative (mathematics degree) track is designed to prepare students for the successful pursuit of higher degrees in economics and related academic disciplines requiring a strong background in mathematics and statistics.