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Overview

A major in Economics provides students with a unique blend of the perspective gained from a liberal arts education and the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in business and government. In addition to providing a sound theoretical foundation in economic theory and economic statistics, the economics major introduces students to a variety of applied fields which focus on international, national, and regional economic problems, issues, and policies. Class sizes in major courses are relatively small, and there is much opportunity for direct contact and interaction with faculty.

Economics is the science of decision-making. Students of economics learn to identify and analyze the costs and benefits of financial and social decisions. Skills in cost-benefit analysis, the core of economists' training, are widely applicable and highly valued in current job markets.

Graduates of the economics program are prepared for and have been employed in:

  • Finance (stock brokers, credit analysts, loan officers, research analysts)
  • Insurance (credit analysts, research analysts)
  • Real Estate (real estate appraisers, credit analysts, research analysts)
  • Management positions in business
  • Economic journalism
  • High school teaching
  • Public policy and government employment on federal, state, and local levels

Opportunities for further education include:

  • Law school (J.D. degree)
  • Graduate business school (M.B.A. degree)
  • M.S. degrees in accounting, business, or finance
  • Master's degree in public policy
  • Master's degree and Ph.D. in economics

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