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Economy and Industry

Bachelor of General Studies

Develop an understanding of the role of economy and industry in society and gain a practical and theoretical understanding of various industries, labor relations, organizational culture and human resources.


The knowledge of culture, communication skills, economics and management strategies gained with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Economy and Industry forms a solid foundation for a variety of careers. Students can learn using a multidisciplinary approach or by selecting a focus in one area such as the environment, the arts or marketing.

Economy and Industry graduates work in retail, customer relations, nonprofits, local government, and development fields including management, human resources, public relations and program design. This focus theme is also good preparation for graduate studies in business administration.

General Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of General Studies
College: College of Humanities

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Potential courses within this theme are listed below; work with your adviser to choose your specific path. 

  • ACCT 200: Introduction to Financial Accounting - This course introduces financial accounting, concentrated on concepts, relationships, and the procedures involved in preparing and analyzing financial statements of for-profit business organizations. Concepts in this class include accounting for assets, liabilities, and owners' equity.
  • ECON 200: Basic Economic Issues - An introduction to analyzing national and international economic issues.
  • BNAD 303: Marketing Principles, Concepts and Tools - An overview of marketing concepts with attention to consumer behavior, ethics, international and nonprofit components.
  • ENGL 307: Business Writing - Economic history of the United States from the colonial era to the present and what affected the changes in the U.S. economy.
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Earning your Bachelor of General Studies in Economy and Industry will build core skills, including:

  • budget analysis
  • collaboration
  • e-commerce
  • financial management
  • pricing strategy
  • research
  • risk management
  • troubleshooting

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