Economics and Organizational Management
Why should I study economics and organizational management (EOM) at Agnes Scott?
The EOM program at Agnes Scott combines traditional economics courses with classes in management. Students learn how to think critically and communicate effectively about the economic, social, and cultural challenges they will encounter during their college years and throughout their careers and lives. Management courses explore how businesses, the government, and non-profit groups are organized and why. Economics courses provide a thorough foundation in microeconomics and macroeconomics and the opportunity to explore specialized areas, such as international trade and finance, development economics, and law and economics.
The management courses at Agnes Scott challenge students to consider the ethical consequences of managerial decisions. These classes provide students with hands-on, real world experiences through coursework and internships. Students gain the leadership, analytical, and communication skills that are essential to a successful career in a dynamic, globalized economy.
The economics and organizational management (EOM) major and the organizational management (OM) minor prepare students for careers in any aspect of society, ranging from running their own business to working for a corporation or the government to managing a non-profit organization. Some of our graduates go on to law school or management programs or get an MBA after working for a few years.
Is the EOM major the same as a business administration major?
The EOM major offers in-depth study of management theories and techniques. Traditional business administration undergraduate programs, in contrast, give students a survey of many topics—from marketing to management to finance—without in-depth study of any particular topic. The Agnes Scott curriculum combines professional knowledge of management with a liberal arts education, ensuring that our graduates have the strong communication, leadership and critical thinking skills that businesses and nonprofit organizations seek.
What is the difference between the EOM major and the OM minor?
Students who are particularly interested in specializing in management or business are encouraged to major in EOM. Students who want to combine a traditional liberal arts major in the humanities, fine arts or natural sciences with the skills sought by businesses and non-profit organizations might want to minor in OM. The OM minor includes a foundation in accounting, economics, and organizational management. The EOM major has greater depth in both economics and organizational management than the minor.
What will I study?
EOM majors typically begin their major by taking two introductory economics courses, Intro to Macroeconomics and Intro to Microeconomics. In these courses, students learn how to apply economic tools to public policy and markets. During their sophomore year, most majors take Econ 202, Introduction to Organizational Management. In this course, students work in small groups to design and implement a project that benefits a non-profit organization of their choice in the Atlanta area. Students gain valuable experience at working with others and learn leadership skills while helping the local community.
As upperclasswomen, majors also take at least one course in accounting and several upper-division courses in economics, management, and related fields. Seniors complete a capstone course in strategic management or in economics.
OM minors typically begin the minor by taking Econ 105, Intro to Microeconomics, and Econ 202, Introduction to Organizational Management. Students then take accounting, at least one related elective course, and the senior seminar in strategic management.
What can I do with this degree?
With the hands-on, experiential learning inherent in the EOM program, you will acquire a well-rounded skill set. As a graduate, you can:
- Start your own business
- Work in the corporate world
- Work for the government
- Work for a non-profit organization
- Pursue an MBA after working for a few years