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Bachelor of Business Administration, Major in Economics

Bachelor of Business Administration
James Madison University

As part of the nationally recognized JMU College of Business, the economics major fosters an understanding and appreciation of economic forms of explanation and their relationships to other social sciences. The major will provide students with an intellectual foundation for the appreciation and understanding of economic theory and policy that stresses the importance of imaginative thinking, free inquiry and the pursuit of life-long learning. In this way, the program prepares students with the economic literacy necessary to cope with the challenges inherent in a world of accelerating change. Economics majors are generally educated students, who go on to develop their analytical, investigative and research skills. With this major, students will use their understanding of economics relationships and markets to work for manufacturing firms, financial services firms, consulting firms, the health care industries, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Economists with strong statistical backgrounds conduct research, analyze data and develop forecasts. Students with a good background in this field are competitive in the job market.


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Program Credit Requirements
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Applicable Admissions Agreements
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Institution Name Type Title
Wytheville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Wytheville Community College and James Madison University
Virginia Western Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Western Community College and James Madison University
Virginia Highlands Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Highlands Community College and James Madison University
Tidewater Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Tidewater Community College and James Madison University
Thomas Nelson Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Thomas Nelson Community College and James Madison University
Southwest Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Southwest Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Southside Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Southside Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Rappahannock Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Rappahannock Community College and James Madison University
Piedmont Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Piedmont Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Paul D. Camp Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Paul D. Camp Community College and James Madison University
Patrick & Henry Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison University
Northern Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Northern Virginia Community College and James Madison University
New River Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement New River Community College and James Madison University
Mountain Empire Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Mountain Empire Community College and James Madison University
Lord Fairfax Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Lord Fairfax Community College and James Madison University
John Tyler Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement John Tyler Community College and James Madison University
Germanna Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Germanna Community College and James Madison University
Danville Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Danville Community College and James Madison University
Central Virginia Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Central Virginia Community College and James Madison University
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Guaranteed Admission Agreement Blue Ridge Community College and James Madison University
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Articulation Agreement for Blue Ridge Community College Associate of Science Degree - Engineering Specialization and James Madis
Wytheville Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Virginia Western Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Virginia Highlands Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Tidewater Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Thomas Nelson Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Southwest Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Southside Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Rappahannock Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Piedmont Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Paul D. Camp Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Patrick & Henry Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Northern Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
New River Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Mountain Empire Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Lord Fairfax Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
John Tyler Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Germanna Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Eastern Shore Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Danville Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Central Virginia Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education
Blue Ridge Community College Agreement Memorandum of Understanding Virginia Community College System Associate of Applied Science Degree: Early Childhool Education

You can view the full text of these Agreements in the Resource Center

Key Program Guidance
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Number of Transfer Students
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The average GPA of transfer students accepted at JMU is 3.3. The GPA information provided is only one factor in admit...see moreThe average GPA of transfer students accepted at JMU is 3.3. The GPA information provided is only one factor in admittance. The courses you complete and grades in those courses play a large part in admission decisions.
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance.
What is The Impact of Work I Have Already Completed?
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Completion of an approved transfer associate degree will guarantee completion of the general education courses at JMU but may not fulfill specific departmental requirements or prerequisites needed for the major.

Dual Enrollment - Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with HS
Credit for Prior Learning Credit for prior learning is awarded on a per case basis for Adult Degree (Individualized Studies Majors) and RN-BSN students only and in consultation with the department of expertise, with the exception of military service credit. Credit for learning acquired in military service is awarded by the registrar’s office using the ACE guide credit recommendation for study/experience listed on the military transcript and in consultation with the department of expertise.
Is This Degree Right For Me?
Is This College Right For Me? JMU is a mid to large size institution that behaves more like a smaller institution. Faculty and staff hold students as the top priority. JMU has a 96% satisfaction rate. 88% of classes have less than 50 students. JMU is the #1 most recommended public University in the US by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education; JMU is the #1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Students interested in the BBA degree at JMU are encouraged to complete the equivalents of these JMU courses: COB 191/MATH 220, COB 202, COB 204, COB 241, COB 242, COB 291, ECON 200, ECON 201 and MATH 205/235. Calculus (MATH 205 or 235) and statistics (COB 191 or MATH 220) are important prerequisites to COB 291. COB 241 is a prerequisite to COB 242 at JMU. (Note: These courses apply to any BBA major. If you complete these requirements you will be ready to jump right into 300-level core coursework in the Economics major at JMU.)

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and James Madison University within your first year via College Connect
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions Transfer applicants from a VCCS institution must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying to JMU. Requirements and forms are available at: https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-GAA.shtml
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: James Madison University
Transfer Statistics
Number of Transfer Students 1084
Percent of Accepted Transfer Students The average GPA of transfer students accepted at JMU is 3.3. The GPA information provided is only one factor in admittance. The courses you complete and grades in those courses play a large part in admission decisions.
Do More With Your Degree

By completing the B.B.A. requirements you make it relatively easy to add another business major, such as finance or marketing, to your economics degree. Or, if you major in something else, the economics minor can strengthen your analytical abilities to complement the major. We have an internship and job placement program in coordination with the University Career Center at JMU. Qualified undergraduates can get experience as teaching assistants through the PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) program.

Program Successes & Highlights

JMU economics graduates do well in management, with College Factual ranking the JMU economics program in the Top 10% for Highest Paid Graduates in managerial economics nationwide. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) gives students the opportunity to do supervised research one-on-one with a faculty member. We have an Executive Advisory Board that works actively to promote success of JMU economics graduates in business, finance and government.

Graduation Statistics for Major
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Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This Section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please check with the individual institutions for detailed advice.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeBusiness Management, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Northern Virginia Community CollegeBusiness Administration, A.S.AssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Business Administration - Spec in Business Information TechAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAAS Degree in Business ManagementAssociateAssociate in Applied Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAA&S Degree in Arts and Sciences - Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Management - Small Business Management SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
John Tyler Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Business ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
John Tyler Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in ManagementAssociateAssociates of Applied Science2-Year
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociates of Arts & Science2-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences with a major in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityEconomics-BSBABachelorBS in Business Admin.4-Year
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - ManagementAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts & Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in General StudiesAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in General Studies-Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Arts & Sciences in Business Administration AssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, Major in Business AdministrationBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management, Major in Business AdministrationBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBachelor of Science in Economics (School of Business)BachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBachelor of Science in Economics (College of Humanities and Sciences)BachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Germanna Community CollegeAssociate in Arts & Sciences Degree in Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Richard Bland College of William & MaryAssociate of Science-Business AdministrationAssociateAssociate of Science-Business Administration2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
25-1063.00Economics Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-3011.00EconomistsConduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-3011.01Environmental EconomistsConduct economic analysis related to environmental protection and use of the natural environment, such as water, air, land, and renewable energy resources. Evaluate and quantify benefits, costs, incentives, and impacts of alternative options using economic principles and statistical techniques.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
13-2054.00Financial Risk SpecialistsAnalyze and measure exposure to credit and market risk threatening the assets, earning capacity, or economic state of an organization. May make recommendations to limit risk.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1111.00Management AnalystsConduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
19-3022.00Survey ResearchersPlan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations