Flowchart of the course requirements leading to a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Graduates initially work as junior members of a team in carrying out economics research projects needed for making various business decisions. In most cases the project will be a type of impact study of potential decision/policy options. For multinational corporations and government agencies, the typical economic analysis will include incorporation of social, political, and cultural factors. For such large organizations, each entry level employee is given an opportunity to develop a specialization area with respect to either business sectors (industry specialist) or geographical regions (“country desk” specialist, specializing for example, in Southeastern United States or Latin America).
In the mid-state region of Tennessee, placement locations include:
The following are common position titles held by Economics graduates:
The national average yearly salary for students graduating in the curriculum of Economics is $50,507. Salaries my vary by region.
(Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Summer 2008.)
The economics program is a popular undergraduate major for those interested in attending graduate or law school. The most important qualities necessary to succeed in the program are the abilities to think logically and to adapt to a changing environment. Most organizations with global activities prefer applicants with one foreign language proficiency.
“A business degree from TTU offers more than just the specific academic skills. You also receive a very broad and well-rounded education that includes many professional skills. I saw early on the value of my degree when co-workers at Xerox had degrees from other large name universities and I was performing as well if not better than they did. I am very proud of my degree from Tennessee Tech.”
Tracey Narrie Duncan, ‘88,
Tennessee Technological University
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Society for the Advancement of Finance and Economics (SAFE)This organization in the College of Business is open to all students interested in a finance or economics major. Letters concerning the organization are mailed to students who have declared such majors, but interested freshmen and sophomores are also welcome to join. Activities include guest lectures, a fund-raiser, and social events. The society also helps coordinate the internship program. Tutoring is made available through members of this organization.