If you’re interested in fields such as business, economics or law, an economics degree from Drake is will set you on a path that can provide you with numerous options. In the College of Business and Public Administration (CBPA), students can receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in economics.

The BSBA degree is a good choice if you are interested in a career in business, since coursework focuses on topics such as accounting, finance and capital budgeting, in addition to economics coursework. The additional experience and expertise can make you more marketable after graduation than students who pursue a more traditional economics degree, and the program makes it easy to double major in another business field of your choice. The BA in economics is a logical major or second major for students interested in law school or select business fields. 

If you are interested in attending graduate school for economics or want to be an economist, you may want to consider the quantitative economics program. This program was developed with the department of mathematics and computer science, and students take approximately half math and half economics courses to complete the degree.

Careers and Internships

Students in the CBPA are encouraged to hold internships and participate in networking events throughout their college career. Drake offers many tools to students to help them find — and obtain — internships and jobs, including a dedicated career counselor within CBPA who can help with resume-building and interviewing skills. Each year, the CBPA hosts an annual career fair, which brings major employers to Drake’s campus to meet with students.

Drake’s economics program prepares students to work in fields such as law, business, public administration, public policy and international relations. Drake students have held internships at places such as:

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Allied Insurance
  • EMC Insurance
  • FDIC
  • The Principal Financial Group

Student Organizations

All students of the College of Business and Public Administration may join one of the two professional fraternities: Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi.

Course Requirements

Students in the BSBA economics program will complete the core business curriculum, which includes a combination of accounting, math, statistics, management and other business courses. All economics students will also complete 27 hours of economics, three hours of mathematics and six hours of statistics. Click here to see the full course requirements for an economics major.


Drake University is a member of AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.