Majors in Economics & Business

Economics & Business

Economics & Business Majors

The majors offered by the Economics and Business department are developed to provide students with a background in the main topics in the field of economics and business administration. Depending on the specific major, students gain insights in general economic theory, both macro- and microeconomics, in economics within businesses, such as organisation theory and marketing, but also in the societal impact of economics and business in courses such as leadership and political economy.

  • Mandatory courses at 200 level (35 EC):

    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II for Economists
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Behavioural Economics
    • Corporate Finance
    • Foundations of Political Economy

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • International Economics
    • Impact Evaluation
    • Economics of Markets & Organisations

    Additionally 10 EC courses, of which at least 5 EC at 300 level, either

    • offered by the ECB department; or
    • off campus course recognised by the Head of the ECB department and approved by the Examination Board; or
    • EUR minor recognised by the Head of the ECB department.

    Students majoring in Economics have the possibility to use the preparatory courses for the pre-master Econometrics of ESE as part of their major requirements (at 300-level). See this page for more information.

    The major Economics needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC 400 level.

  • Mandatory courses at 200 level (40 EC):

    • Qualitative Research
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Principles of Management
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Corporate Finance
    • Marketing
    • Organisational Theory 

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (10 EC)

    • Strategy
    • Entrepreneurship

    Additionally 10 EC 300 level courses, either

    • offered by the ECB department; or
    • off campus course recognised by the Head of the ECB department and approved by the Examination Board; or
    • EUR minor recognised by the Head of the ECB department.

    The major Business needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC 400 level.

    Master programmes offered by the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)

    Students that follow this major are in principle eligible for master programmes offered by the RSM, except for the master programmes in Accounting & Financial Management, Supply Chain Management and Business Information Management which require additional courses.

  • The Major in Economics, Business & Society is designed to provide students with a broad background in the field of economics and business administration and its impact upon and interaction with society.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (35 EC):

    • Qualitative Research
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II or Intermediate Statistics II for Economists
    • Leadership Studies
    • Principles of Management
    • Microeconomics

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (10 EC)

    • Impact Evaluation
    • International Business and Society (300 level)

    Additionally 15 EC in courses of which at least 10 EC at 300 level, either

    • offered by the ECB department; or
    • off campus courses recognised by the Head of the ECB department and approved by the Examination Board; or
    • EUR minor recognised by the Head of the ECB department.

    The major Economics, Business & Society needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC 400 level.

  • The major in Philosophy, Politics & Economics is intended for students with a keen interest in diverse perspectives on contemporary issues. By combining courses from the departments of Humanities, Economics & Business and Social & Behavioural Sciences, students will gain insight in the various ways in which these respective disciplines frame and analyse, the social, economic and political developments that have shaped societies in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Throughout the major, students address themes that are pivotal to understand today’s world – from the emergence of industrial societies and the rise of network societies to micro- and macroeconomy and from globalisation and international relations to political economies and policy frameworks. Students also discuss the works of classic scholars such as Plato and Aristotle, Adam Smith and Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim, alongside various other key texts from the disciplines of philosophy, economy and political sciences.

    Contact the coordinator of the PPE major: Robin van den Akker

    Entry requirement PPE major

    For the PPE major it is required to successfully complete the course INT200 Mathematics.

    Mandatory courses at 200 level (50 EC)

    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Late Modernity: Globalisation, Neoliberalism & Mediatisation
    • Understanding Politics
    • Narratives of Law & Justice
    • Foundations of Political Economy
    • Intermediate Statistics I
    • Intermediate Statistics II, or Intermediate Statistics II for Economists
    • Qualitative Research (200 level)
    • Early Modern Political Philosophy (recommended to follow in your first year, but also possible to follow in your second year)

    Mandatory courses at 300 level (15 EC)

    • Globalisation: Historical Perspectives from the Global South
    • Destiny Domesticated
    • Contemporary Political Philosophy

    Additionally at least 40 EC in courses at 200/300 level, with at least 20 EC on 300 level, choose from:

    • Political Institutions & Public Governance (200 level)
    • Conflict Resolution (200 level)
    • Leadership Studies (200 level)
    • The Climate Crisis (200 level)
    • Critical Theory (200 level)
    • Applied Game Theory (200 level)
    • Feminist Philosophy: Bodies, Boundaries & Beyond (300 level)
    • Post-Colonial Theory: Critical Perspectives from the Global South (300 level)
    • International Economics (300 level)
    • International Business & Governance (300 level)
    • Impact Evaluation (300 level)
    • Human Rights & Economic Governance (300 level)
    • Islam: a Political History (300 level)
    • Middle East Politics
    • Aesthetics & Politics (300 level)
    • The Economics of Sustainability (300 level)
    • History, Politics & Economics of European Integration (300 level)
    • Public Management & Governance (300 level)
    • EUC minor International Relations & Human Rights (15 EC)
    • An EUR minor that is recognised by the HUM, ECB or SBS department (15 EC, 300 level)
    • Off-campus courses at 300 level that are recognised by the HUM, ECB or SBS department and Examination Board

    The major Philosophy, Politics & Economics needs to be concluded with a Capstone of 15 EC.

Please note that some of the courses on 200/300 Level have entry requirements. If you have a specific query regarding such a matter please contact the Office of Student and Educational Affairs

Furthermore, students may request approval from both the Head of the Economics & Business Department, as well as the Examination Board to take suitable 300 level courses off-campus as part of the requirements for their Major. Note: These majors, courses, and requirements may be subject to change.