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Business Economics

The business economics major at Mills is designed to meet the needs of students who seek careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. The program prepares Mills students for positions in fields such as finance, banking, economic analysis, securities trading, insurance, management consulting, and government regulation.

Our business economics students have the opportunity to study and to develop an understanding of the goals, operation, and management of business firms. In addition, they develop analytic and technical skills useful in solving business problems. Students are encouraged to enroll in mathematics courses and to develop their written and oral communication skills. The College's location in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area provides opportunities for internships with major corporations and financial institutions, as well as with federal, state, and local government agencies.

Business Economics vs. Business Administration Major: What's the Difference?

Versatility
Between business economics and business administration, economics is the more versatile degree. It easily connects with fields beyond business, such as finance, mathematics, political science, sociology, psychology, history, and philosophy. Mastery of business economics demands precision of thought, which is useful and highly valued in just about any career.

The Big Picture
Studying business economics enables students to see the “big picture” about how the economy works, when markets function well and when they do not, and what policies can improve economic performance.

Courses
The Mills business economics major includes courses in ethics, human resources, strategic behavior, the environment, management, finance, accounting, marketing, statistics, data analysis, and forecasting. The topics of innovation and entrepreneurship are woven into almost every course.

Theory and Data Analysis
Our business economics major allows students to discover theories and analyze data that can have significant impacts on business, consumers, and the environment.

Practical Skills
Business economics provides students with practical skills for running a business as well as valuable insights for understanding the broad range of factors that influence market performance.

MBA Preparation
Business economics students who are interested in earning an MBA will find the graduate course work less repetitive than students who pursued a bachelor's in business administration, while still being well prepared for graduate study.

Career Success
Mills graduates have gone on to become leaders at organizations including:

  • Bay City Capital
  • Comerica Bank
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Global Green Growth Institute
  • Google
  • Invesco Global Strategies
  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • FDIC
  • SAP
  • Stanford University
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wind River
  • Xoom Corporation

Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
Applied Economics (MAE)
Business Management (MBA)
Applied Economics (MAE)
Teacher Education
Interdisciplinary Computer Science
Public Policy

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P: 510.430.2194
F: 510.430.3361
E: economics@mills.edu

Last Updated: 9/9/16