Through the study of economics, you won’t just learn how to use mathematical data or economic theory; you’ll also gain exhilarating knowledge of the principles that govern all human interaction. You’ll bridge the gap between the logical sciences and the social sciences. By understanding how human society works, you’ll be better equipped to help improve it.

Skills You will Gain

1. Proficiency in economic theory – Comprehend sound insights and truthful data about economic behavior and use them to understand economic decision-making whether for individuals, businesses or governments.

2. Advancement in multiple sciences – Leverage rigorous logic, mathematics and statistics and discover how they impact social sciences like ethics, culture and politics through economic interaction.

3. Mental Discipline – Develop a discipline of clear, ordered thinking to improve your ability to understand how things work and how to make them better. Through calm and careful reflection, you’ll be able to provide concise and simple explanations to complex problems.

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  • Ave Maria University is home to the Stein Center for Social Research, a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding pressing social questions, including poverty, educational outcomes, religious trends, and demographics.
  • Our students have the opportunity to participate in conferences, lectures and research projects based at the Stein Center—and to meet a variety of scholars who visit from around the country. A partial list of speakers in the past few years includes: Michael Novak, Arthur Brooks, John Schindler, Samuel Gregg, and Mark Regnerus.
  • Famous economics majors include serious politicians and business men such as Ronald Reagan, Warren Buffett, William F. Buckley, George H.W. Bush to public figures such as Cate Blanchett.




  • Economics is one of the most valuable undergraduate majors. According to Census data, the median salary for an Economics major is $69,000.
  • Economics is one of the most versatile undergraduate majors. An economics major is a great foundation for a career in business, law, or government.


Typical Order of Required Courses for the B.A. in Economics

ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics

STAT 230 Applied Statistics

ECON 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics

ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomics

ECON 490 Senior Seminar: Applied Economic Theory

Elective Major Courses (four 4-credit courses required)

ECON 210 Western Economic History

ECON 310 History of Economic Thought

ECON 315 Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Life

ECON 316 Market, State, and Institutions

ECON 320 Development Economics and Ethics

ECON 330 Labor Economics and the Economics of Poverty

ECON 403 Introduction to Econometrics

ECON 415 Special Topics in Economics

ECON 421 International Macroeconomics

ECON 422 Globalization and International Trade

ECON 432 Strategic Thinking and Game Theory

ECON 433 Industrial Organization

Minor in Economics

A Minor in Economics can be combined with other majors in the University and provides an excellent foundation for careful and ethical thinking about social and business problems. The required courses are ECON 201 and ECON 202, and four electives. For the electives, students can choose any 4-credit economics courses.


Welcome to Economics at Ave Maria University! The department is composed of a boutique group of social scientists with a passion for teaching and mentoring. Though Economics is a young department, students who have studied in our courses or programs have already gone on to graduate school at the University of Chicago MAPPS and Columbia University PhD Program; to research associate positions at top centers such as the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation; and to excel in private industries ranging from banking and finance to real estate investment. Some of our graduates are young entrepreneurs, and some are giving back to the next generation, accepting teaching jobs at both private and public schools.

As a small department, we owe these successes to doing a few things very well. One of our most popular programs is the Family & Society Program—a cluster of courses in social research focusing on the analytical study of marriage, family, demographics, neighborhoods, economic mobility, education and religion. Another feature of our department is the use of applied game theory in a variety of settings. Students may specialize in Managerial Economics and Strategic Analysis (MESA)—a unique interdisciplinary major drawing from Economics and Business. Finally, we feature the advanced study of Catholic social thought as a required and invigorating component of every economics program at Ave Maria. This course—unique to Ave Maria—has been developed around the exposition and analysis of Papal writings since Leo XIII, and draws upon the work of some of the greatest interpreters of papal thought in the late 20th century, including F. Russell Hittinger, George Weigel, and Michael Novak.






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