Business and Economics Degree/A.A.

About the Program:

The Business and Economics Degree is an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program major that is designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree programs at West Virginia University. Students who desire to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Economics should complete a modified program to be developed in consultation with the adviser. In the broadest sense, economics is the science of decision-making. In economics, students learn how to identify the costs, benefits and consequences of a decision. Often identified with the study of market behavior, economists also study issues that affect the market such as criminal behavior, poverty, law, environmental control, population, voting and political behavior. To check degree requirements for both programs at WVU go to

What can you do with this Degree?

Graduates with degrees in economics are needed in both government and the private sector. Government economists assess economic conditions in the U.S. and abroad and estimate the economic impact of specific changes in legislation or public policy. Economists in private industry work largely for marketing research firms, management consulting firms, banks, investment firms and insurance companies.

Requirements for Graduation

In order to earn an Associate of Arts Degree in Business and Economics a student needs to complete a minimum of 60 credit-hours of required and elective course work.

What can you earn with this Degree?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics ( reports the possible employment opportunities for this field of study.

*  Students intending to apply to the College of Business & Economics in Morgantown for a B.S. in Economics are required to earn a B or C in several classes and should check the specific requirements on the website.

*  Students intending to apply to the College of Arts & Sciences in Morgantown for a B.A. in Economics should work with an advisor to modify requirements to include four semesters of foreign language and to exclude accounting. 

Click here to view the recommended Two-Year Sequence Advisement Sheet pdf