In the Department of Economics, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Economics or a business degree with a specialization in economics, or they can minor in economics. A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in economics is also available in conjunction with BGSU’s College of Arts and Sciences.

At the graduate level, students can earn a Master of Arts in Financial Economics which is known for its rigorous curriculum in macro- and micro-economic theory, econometrics, and financial analysis.  We also have an accelerated program for undergraduates interested in finishing their graduate degree early.

Our department is proud of its faculty! We've had Distinguished Teaching Professors and a Master Teacher as well as experts in the field of economics. The department hosts conferences and colloquia each year that bring renowned economists to campus and we host an undergraduate student paper contest and conference.

Amanda Cook recognized for joint work with graduate student

In the fall of 2017, Dr. Amanda Cook, assistant professor in the Bowling Green State University Department of Economics, and graduate student Alice Hanan Abboud began work on a research project focusing on the topic of Medicaid coverage rates for Hispanics and Spanish speakers compared to non-Hispanic speakers before and after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect in 2014.

Master of Financial Economics

The Graduate Program in Financial Economics at Bowling Green State University is designed to prepare its students either for a career in the financial industry or for further graduate study in economics or finance.

Department of Economics Hosted Student Paper Contest; Presents Awards

The BGSU Department of Economics hosted its 19th annual Undergraduate Economics Student Paper Contest and Conference on April 13.

A career in's much more than you think!

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Economics are expected to:

  • Demonstrate a command of basic characteristics of the American and global economy by using this knowledge to critically evaluate economic outcomes;
  • Demonstrate a command of basic economic theory by using this theory to make predictions and to analyze alternative economic policy options;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in both oral and written forms by presenting arguments and evidence clearly and concisely;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in and understand moral reasoning with respect to economic issues by recognizing the implicit value conflicts present in all economic policy debates;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in problem solving, using basic economic theory;
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical thinking as a part of the analysis of economic problems.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Economics program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2021-22.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Economics program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Economics program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 04/07/2022 03:33PM