Majors and Minors


Economics prepares students for interesting and financially rewarding careers in private business, consulting, government, financial service institutions and medicine. Undergraduate economics majors are also well represented in many graduate programs including MBA and MPA programs, and law schools.

The Economics program at Cleveland State University is similar to programs at other universities throughout the United States by teaching students “the economic way of thinking.” An undergraduate economics program offers excellent preparation for employment and graduate studies by providing analytical and critical thinking skills.


After completing their education, economics majors go on to a variety of careers and/or additional training. Some 23 percent enter careers in traditional business, 18 percent in government, 18 percent in financial business, 13 percent in graduate school, 4 percent in law, 4 percent in consulting and others. (For more information see the McGraw-Hill website “Careers in Economics: Student Resources”).

Private sector
Graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics prepares one for rewarding career opportunities in the private sector. Some selected job titles held by Economics graduates include: “economist,” “analyst,” “manager,” “stock broker,” “consultant” or “loan officer.”

Federal, state and local governments hire students with a degree in economics. At the federal level, the departments of Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, and State offer jobs for economics majors.

Graduate Studies
Many students with a major in economics successfully pursue graduate degrees in economics, business, law and other fields.


Click here to see the current academic year's Undergraduate Catalog requirements for the Economics major .

NOTE: For official requirements, determine your catalog rights, and go to the undergraduate catalog that matches those rights. (The following requirements are ONLY for students whose FIRST semester at CSU is Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. For students who started BEFORE the 2011-2012 school year AND who have been enrolled during at least one of the past three semesters, including summer, please see your undergraduate catalog).

Business Economics Majors:
The College of Business Administration, in cooperation with the Economics Department offers a program in business economics which leads to a B.B.A. degree.

All degree seeking students are required to complete a specific number of General Education (GenEd) courses. Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor regarding the applicability of selected courses. A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements for undergraduate students is available online at

For more information, contact:
Economics Department
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RT 1715
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Phone: 216.687.4520
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