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Economics Major (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration)

Are you intrigued by how economic issues can make an impact on a national and global scale? As a Creighton economics major, you’ll build a strong foundation in your field with the tools and techniques of economic analysis, provided by this program.

At Creighton, students have the unique opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in economics from the Heider College of Business.

Economics major will examine financial markets, international trade, economic development, governmental economic activity and more.

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Goals of the Undergraduate Economics Program

With an economics degree through either the BA or BSBA program, you’ll learn:

  • How markets determine which goods and services get produced, how they are produced and what the resulting distribution of income and wealth will look like
  • How to forecast future economic conditions to better understand and adapt to them
  • How to solve specific problems within organizations and economies, such as estimating demand conditions and setting prices

Economics Curriculum

Along with Creighton’s core requirements, you’ll take classes on topics like microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Tracks in the Economics Major

There are three tracks a student can choose from if they pursue a BSBA in economics:

  • General Track: In this classic economics track, students have the most flexibility to learn the economic way of thinking and how it applies to business and policy.
  • Applied Business Analysis Track: This track prepares students to analyze business and the economy by applying the tools of economic logic and data analysis.
  • Policy Environment of Business Track: This track prepares students to think critically about the policy environment in which all businesses operate and how the interaction between business and policy shapes behavior.

Minor in Economics

The economics minor provides you with a basic understanding of the discipline’s fundamentals at work through the actions of individuals, firms and governments. You’ll focus on resource allocation, income distribution, production, employment and prices in a market economy. Students in the Heider College of Business as well as those in other schools or colleges at Creighton can minor in Economics. 

3/3 Law Program

An economics degree is a popular path toward a legal career. Creighton’s accelerated law program allows students to complete dual business and law degrees in six years. Explore the 3/3 law program.

What can you do with an economics degree?

Economics majors can find employment in a variety of fields, including law and finance. Within the financial industry, graduates might pursue opportunities in banking, investments, insurance, real estate and securities. Career options also include: 

  • Economist 
  • Financial analyst 
  • Investment analyst 
  • Policy analyst 
  • Consultant 
  • Government positions 
  • Environmental economist 
  • Health economist 
  • Real estate analyst 
  • Data scientist/analyst 

Recent job placements for economics majors at Creighton include: 


  • Bank of America 
  • Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Co. 
  • Cerner Corporation 
  • First National Bank 
  • FDIC 
  • State of South Dakota 
  • Department of Revenue 
  • TD Ameritrade 
  • US Foodservices, Inc. 
  • Wells Fargo Bank 
  • ZS Associates (Chicago) 


Admissions Requirements

Creighton admissions are based upon:

  • High school GPA
  • ACT or SAT scores*
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
  • Recommendation from high school counselor
  • Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Economics Degree

Yes! We encourage undergraduate research at Creighton. It offers a chance to gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career or graduate-level studies. Creighton faculty are connected to opportunities in the business world, and the Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry has a research silo. The silos are led by students, and throughout a semester they explore research to either support or negate a chosen thesis.  

Yes, we know how important it is to practice your skills. The Heider College of Business economics curriculum focuses on applied economics, offering econometrics, forecasting and sight selection analysis courses. You’ll also find opportunities to be involved in experiences like the Economic Outlook. This gives students real-world experience in research and analysis of economic trends throughout the Midwest by assisting Ernie Goss, PhD, professor of economics, with annual economic trends surveys. 

We’ll also help connect you with internships in Omaha and beyond. In fact, more than half of Heider's students complete two or more internships. 

Yes. Creighton’s business faculty and staff are closely connected to the business world. That means you’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect organically. Creighton’s Career Center also hosts a variety of events that will help you get your foot in the door. Events like the Creighton Business Symposium also offer a chance to widen your network. The Business Symposium is the nation’s largest student-run business conference, which means you can get involved in putting it on or just attend. 

Creighton offers plenty of extracurriculars for economics majors, including:

  • Omicron Delta Epsilon: This is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies that recognizes outstanding achievements in economics. This society seeks to establish closer ties between students and faculty within the university setting by hosting meetings, panel discussions and speakers throughout the year.
  • The Creighton University Heider Business Senate: This is a liaison between the student body and the administration of the Heider College of Business. The Senate promotes the mission and values of the Heider College of Business through various projects. 
  • Beta Gamma Sigma: This society encourages and rewards scholarship and accomplishment among students of commerce and business administration. Beta Gamma Sigma promotes the advancement of education in the art and science of business and fosters integrity in the conduct of business activities. 
  • Alpha Kappa Psi: This is the oldest and largest business fraternity. Become a part of a group that develops well-trained, ethical, skilled, resourceful, experienced business leaders. 

Creighton Is Home to the Renowned Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry 

The Menard Family Institute for Economic Inquiry at Creighton seeks to generate robust discussions about markets and how economic freedom affects human flourishing. The Institute supports programs, such as student reading groups and research, that analyze economic and social outcomes from a variety of academic perspectives, including economics, ethics and entrepreneurship. 

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The Heider Mindset Curriculum

Employers today need agile, adaptive professionals who understand that business can be done ethically and for the good of others. Creighton is paving the way in preparing students with those skills by implementing the Mindset Curriculum. Our courses help students work toward the skills that businesses are looking for, positioning them for success in the job market and beyond. It's part of how we teach students to do well while doing good. The six mindset are: Action, Analytical, Collaborative, Cross-Cultural, Reflective and Service.

“At the end of the day, large companies are not a finance or economics class. They are a complex puzzle that needs to be solved. Some schools help you build the skills to open the puzzle, but Creighton builds the skills to help you solve it."

Jack Schaaf, BSBA'19

Dates & Deadlines

Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.

Financial Aid

Creighton University's Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. There is a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities available for Creighton data science students aimed at making your degree attainable. Explore scholarships.

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Diana Thomas
“The economics major stands out for its cutting-edge curriculum, offering both quantitative training and a deep dive into the intricacies of research in political economy. As a result, our students are among the most well-prepared in the country for analytical careers.”
— Diana Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Institute for Economic Inquiry
Evelyn Frost
“Creighton is everything I could have asked for and more. The Institute for Economic Inquiry has given me infinite opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Heider College has challenged me to do my best and to grow into a well-rounded student.”
— Evelyn Frost, Class of 2024, Economics and Finance, Dallas, Texas
Nathan Miller
“Economics challenges students to develop critical thinking skills and helps students see the world through a unique lens. The faculty invest greatly in their students, producing first-rate leaders that are prepared to excel in their future vocations.”
— Nathan Miller, Class of 2022, Economics and Finance, Normal, Illinois
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