Economics offers a unique way of examining individual and social behavior. This unique way of looking at the world around us, often called the "economic way of thinking," provides powerful and surprising insights into many social issues such as discrimination, crime, poverty, welfare, education, income inequality, and environmental degradation. In addition to examining these societal problems, economists study how markets work and analyze the behavior of business organizations. They also investigate the forces and trends that influence our standard of living, the fraction of the population that cannot find work, and the rate at which prices are rising.
The Department of Business, Accounting and Economics offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. The economics degree prepares you to pursue many excellent and rewarding employment opportunities in private, as well as public and nonprofit sectors of the economy. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree in economics offers a solid preparation for graduate education not only in economics, but also in law, political science, all areas of business, and disciplines with an international focus.
The economics major at Otterbein balances theory and application. Real-life applications are well integrated in all courses and come from local, national, and international scenes. In addition, if you complete a study abroad course, you are uniquely qualified for future opportunities.