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B.S./B.A. in Economics

Earn a Well-Respected Economics Degree

Participate in a research-focused curriculum, apply economic theory and explore diverse economic systems and issues.

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  • Duration 4 years
  • Cost per Credit $265
  • Credit Hours 180

Program Benefits

  • Among Top Online Colleges Offering Economics Degrees by SR Education Group
  • Comprehensive Economics Course Topics
  • Diverse Job Opportunities
  • Ranked #5 in Best Value Online Economics Programs

About the Bachelor’s in Economics

EOU’s online degree in economics gives you the tools to learn and apply economic theory in many fields. Beginning with basic concepts in statistics and research methods, and working through economic theories and principles, you will be able to direct your research toward your own interests. Throughout our program, you will work one-on-one with faculty who have many years of professional experience in the field plus their PhDs. 

In 2017, Eastern Oregon University was ranked in the Most Affordable Online Colleges by the SR Education Group for its bachelor’s in economics. With this degree, you can enjoy diverse and well-paying job opportunities including government work, economist positions, research jobs or management work that could lead to a CEO title.

Economics Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The online bachelor’s in economics requires a core of courses including lower- and upper-division courses. Lower-division courses provide a background in micro/macroeconomics, calculus, statistics and research methods.

Upper-division courses get into the theories and principles of economics. You will also learn a detailed history of economics before moving into econometrics capstone courses. These capstones are supervised by faculty so that you get real-world experience.

Lastly, you have your pick of courses to complete elective credit hours, including those from the economics program. Earn your B.A. with a foreign language requirement, or your B.S. with just 12 more science credits.

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Have Credits to Transfer?

The option to transfer credits makes your program more affordable and can help you get on the job sooner. We allow up to 135credits from previous college coursework to be transferred into EOU. All EOU majors require a minimum of 20 EOU credits.

To see how your credits will transfer, use our Transfer Equivalency tool.

“At any other college, a program like economics would be crowded and overwhelming. At EOU the material and professors are exceptional, which provides a platform for success. The class sizes are small and class interactions are consistent.”
– Lena Richards, 2018; Economics; La Grande, Oregon

Admission Requirements

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*Only needed for students transferring fewer than 30 credit hours, fewer than three years after high school graduation.

What It’s Like to Study Online

Earning your degree online at Eastern Oregon University is a great opportunity because there are no on-campus requirements. You will have access to the same professors, content and opportunities as on-campus students, only in a creative digital format. Our professors work on campus and are professionals and experts who are trained to deliver innovative, engaging online education.

Online Experience

Tuition Details

We feature affordable tuition, especially when compared to similar universities. The total cost of your program (assuming no transfer credits) is $47,700. The cost per credit hour for EOU online courses is $265.* An additional $13.50 per credit hour will be applied to accounting, business and economics courses.

About 92 percent of online students benefit from financial aid and scholarships to cover part of these costs.

*A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

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Per Term: Based on 18 credits. Costs for average competitors are estimations of state schools found on public university websites.

Program Outcomes

  • Study critical, real-world cultural and social problems
  • Conduct and report on original research
  • Combine theory and practice
  • Explore diverse topics of inquiry
  • Translate skills to many future paths
  • Work closely with faculty who are also professionals in the field
  • Apply economic theory and tools
  • Master the operation of the market system

Career Outlook

A bachelor’s in economics opens the door for many entry-level positions, according to Chron.com.¹ Besides an economist, you can also pursue a career as an industry analyst, data collector, surveyor, market trend researcher, nonprofit administrator or even a government position.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the lower 10 percent of economists make around $58,130; salaries increase with experience and advanced degrees.²

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions about this program.

Our economics faculty are well-versed in online teaching techniques. Two of their most popular tools are recorded Whiteboard lectures and video lectures. You will feel like you are actually in the classroom.

After securing your online bachelor’s in economics from EOU, you can work in many positions, such as upper management, law, federal government and nonprofits. With more education, you can even be a CEO.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an advanced degree is usually required to be an economist. However, some organizations, plus the federal government, offer entry-level positions for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Currently, this program does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine financial aid eligibility. EOU’s FAFSA® code is 003193.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan.

This program is offered both online and on campus. However, due to the lockstep nature of the program it is highly recommended that students select their desired modality and stick with it through the duration of their enrollment. If a change is necessary, they can work with an advisor. It is not considered a hybrid program because there is no required coursework on campus.

Our most recent virtual open house was held on February 10, 2021. Feel free to watch the most recent virtual open house, and stay tuned for the next live event.

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¹List of Economics Jobs with a Bachelor’s Degree. (n.d.). Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://work.chron.com/list-economics-jobs-bachelors-degree-8012.html

²Economists. Sept. 4, 2019. Retrieved Sept. 19, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/economists.htm#tab-1