Make the numbers work for you: You'll do that here.

Economics is the study of how to evaluate problems and make critical decisions. Learn to locate and use important data resources such as those found at the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of the Census, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Use this information to develop a framework to analyze and solve “real-world” problems, conduct mathematical and statistical analysis and effectively communicate. You’ll learn that here. 

What You’ll Do    

As an economics major at Southeast, you’ll gain real world learning experience including many opportunities outside the classroom.   

  •  Interact with qualified, award winning faculty in a small class environment. 
  • Have access to more than 30 study-abroad programs offered with the Harrison College of Business. 
  • Have access to Southeast’s Center for Economic and Business Research, which provides undergraduate students with experience conducting and publishing economics research. Operated by Southeast faculty and advised by professionals in the industry, the center develops research, publishes a quarterly newsletter, and hosts meetings to promote economic development in the state of Missouri. The center also performs economic research on a contract basis. 
  • Maximize your career development by working closely with Career Services and Southeast faculty – they are here to help you connect your passions, interests and skills to jobs and opportunities in the field. Career Services provides professional career counseling and coaching, resume critiques, practice interviews, job search strategies, career events, networking opportunities and more. 

What Can You Do with a Business Economics Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Internship and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Bank of America
  • Best Buy
  • Big River Telephone
  • Boeing
  • Capaha Bank
  • Edward Jones
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Laclede Gas
  • May Company
  • Montgomery Bank
  • Nexstar Financial Corp.
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • Patriot National Insurance Group
  • Progressive Insurance
  • Stifel Nicolaus Investment
  • U.S. Bank
  • Walgreens

Graduate and Law School Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • California State University-Fullerton
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina State University
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • St. Louis University
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Tulsa

Economics: Business (BSBA) Degree Map

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Outcomes & Careers

  • $96k

    Financial Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a financial analyst is $96,220.

  • $68k

    Market Research Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a market research analyst is $68,230. 


  • $140k

    Financial Manager 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a financial manager is $139,790.   



What You'll Study

Degree Map

As an economics business major, you’ll learn the rules and procedures of financial, cost, tax, and governmental accounting. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.  

Business Administration Core – 33 Hours Required

  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AC222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • BA100 The Business Universe (3)
  • BA490 Business Policy & Strategy (3)
  • BL255 Business Law (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
Choose 3 Hours From:*

*International Course taken to meet Business Administration Core requirement may not be counted on a major

  • AC540 International Perspectives of Accounting (3)
  • BA560 Topics in International Business (3)
  • BL560 International Business Law (3)
  • EC580 International Economics (3)
  • FI540 International Finance (3)
  • MG560 International Management (3)
  • MK560 International Marketing (3)
Support Courses - 30 Hours Required

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.

  • BA252 Business Communication (2)
  • BA452 Professionalism (1)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A or MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
  • MI101 Intro to Computer Applications (3)
  • QM257 Business Statistics I (3)
  • QM258 Business Statistics II (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

NOTE: All 100 and 200 level core and support courses are prerequisite to all 300 level business core and business major courses.

Economics: Business Economics Option – 27 Hour Major – No Minor Required

  • EC410 Macroeconomic Theory (3)
  • EC420 Microeconomic Theory (3)
  • EC490 Business & Econ Forecasting (3)
  • EC351 Applied Economic Models (3)
  • EC561 Managerial Economics (3)
Choose 15 Hours From:
  • ECxxx EC course, (235-500 level)
  • UI349 Comparative Economic Systems (3)
  • UI366 Law and Economics (3)
  • UI371 Government and Business (3)

NOTE: No more than 6 hours of UI courses may be selected.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional Requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics Examination

Freshman Year   

Fall Semester (16 Hours)   
  • UI100 (1)   
  • EN100 (3) 
  • BA100 (3)
  • MA116 or MA123 (3)  
  • MI101 (3)  
  • General Education (3)      
Spring Semester (15 Hours)   
  • EN140 (3)   
  • SC105 (3)    
  • General Education (3)   
  • General Education (3)   
  • General Education (3)   

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA  

Sophomore Year   

Fall Semester (17 Hours)   
  • AC221 (3) 
  • BA252 (2)    
  • EC215 (3)   
  • QM257 (3)
  • General Education (3)   
  • General Education (3)   
Spring Semester (15 Hours)   
  • AC222 (3)   
  • BL255 (3)   
  • EC225 (3)   
  • QM258 (3) 
  • General Education (3)  

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA  

Junior Year   

Fall Semester (15 Hours)   
  • BA452 (1)   
  • EC420 (3)  
  • FI361 (3)
  • MG301 (3)   
  • Economics Elective (3)
  • General Education (2)   
Spring Semester (15 Hours)   
  • EC410 (3)   
  • MI375 (3)   
  • EC490 or EC351 (3)   
  • UI349 (3)   
  • UI366 (3)   

Milestone: Maintain 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA

Senior Year   

Fall Semester (15 Hours)   
  • EC561 (3)   
  • MK301 (3) 
  • Economics Elective (3)   
  • Elective (3)   
  • International Course (3)   
Spring Semester (12 Hours)   
  • BA490 (3)   
  • Elective (3)
  • Economics Elective (3)   
  • General Education (3)   

Milestone: Maintain 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.


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