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Economic Development Major


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The Bachelor of Arts in Economic Development prepares students to serve populations at home or abroad.  Through core courses in economics and business, students will build the knowledge to effectively enhance rural and urban communities around the world. Engaging coursework, hands-on experience, and international travel make this major an excellent choice for students seeking to impact the developing world.





Students participate in extensive international experiential learning through cross-cultural courses, campus projects, internships, and study abroad programs.  Majors experience a unique development-focused 3-week cross-cultural course in Laredo, Mexico on the Baja peninsula.  Students can participate in the Collaboratory for Service and Learning, a student-led interdisciplinary group dedicated to transforming the lives of others through service, becoming involved with microenterprise development projects on campus, or in Harrisburg, Africa, or Central America. Students attend development conferences with practitioners in the field. Students may choose to participate in the International Business Institute, which gives them the opportunity to visit transition economies such as Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the developing economies of India and China.


After Graduation


You can use economic and business knowledge to contribute to the betterment of the community at home and/or abroad. You could work in a Christian NGO or missions organization such as World Vision, Food for the Hungry, Hope International, World Concern, Bright Hope, Habitat for Humanity, Samaritan’s Purse. You also will be prepared to attend graduate school (MA, MBA, PhD) in either Economic Development, Economics, or Business.



For more details on the curriculum requirements and the types of courses you would be taking as an Economics Major (Bachelor of Science), visit our Online Course Catalog.  A list of major requirements can be found here or take a look at the printable Economics Development Major Brochure.

(Course catalog and major brochure include PDF files. Click here for the Adobe® PDF Reader®)


How to Apply

To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.


* Messiah College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, disability, or national or ethnic origin.



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