Economics addresses the problem of using scarce resources to satisfy society's unlimited demand. Microeconomics explores questions about the way society allocates resources; it applies to public policy in such areas as urban, industrial, organization, and labor economics. Macroeconomics considers such questions as the causes of inflation and unemployment; it applies to such areas as monetary policy and international finance. Undergraduate courses in the Department of Economics provide broad knowledge of the field. Our majors have many opportunities to expand their academic activities beyond coursework.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Learn to analyze and discuss the most important economic issues facing the world today.

  2. Develop strong mathematic and analytic skills.

  3. Prepare for a wide array of career options in both the public and private sector.

  4. Develop a competitive foundation for graduate study in economics, business, law, or policy.

  5. Learn cutting-edge tools for data collection and analysis.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Economics may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Economics provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Research firms and think tanks

Private corporations in a variety of industries

Federal, state, and local government agencies

Nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

Trade associations

Labor associations and unions

International organizations (e.g. the World Bank, the United Nations)

Banks and other financial service institutions

Insurance firms

Colleges and universities

Alumni Jobs

Senior GIS analyst

Operations analyst

Business analyst

Account executive

Recruiting associate

Assistant vice president

Risk officer

Real estate finance manager


New media associate
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
MATH 241, 242, 243; EC 201, 202

2nd Year
EC 311, 313, 320

3rd Year
EC 421; EC 3xx/4xx (elective #1); EC 3xx/4xx (elective #2); EC 4xx (elective #3)

4th Year
EC 4xx (elective #4); EC 4xx (elective #5); EC 4xx (elective #6); EC 4xx (elective #7)

Major Credits
Required 36 credits
Electives 28 credits

Total 64 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Applied statistics and data science

Data collection

Logical thinking

Applied mathematics



Policy analysis

Risk analysis

Teaching and research
Experiential learning opportunities

Study Abroad

Community-Oriented Research Classes (EC 418-419)

Specialized Courses

Game theory

Urban and regional economics

Resource and environmental economics

Labor market issues

Industrial organization

Monetary policy and theory

International economics (trade and finance)

Development economics
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Business Administration

Computer Information Science

Environmental Studies



Political Science





Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning (WSCR).

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