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Economics

Do you choose the shiny new car or the vacation in Cancun?  Does a business invest in new equipment or add more employees?  Should the government spend money on a new social service or pay down some debt?  Choices, choices.  That, in a nutshell, is what economics is about — where to direct limited resources.  It’s a trade-off, where you get one thing but give up other things to get it.  Economics is a constant push-pull situation — fascinating, dynamic, inextricably entwined with history and politics.   A solid understanding of it will aid you all through your career and personal life.  Our program aims to instill that understanding and equip you with the skills to make practical use of it.

Understand why modern society is so complex.

It’s not just the choices. It’s: Are they the best choices? That’s where things get complicated, opening up a Pandora’s Box of more questions, competing answers, and disagreement on what constitutes the success or failure of a choice.

Our program gives you a balanced curriculum of liberal arts, general business, and industry management skills because each area has its own perspective.  While you’re developing an appreciation for each point of view, you’ll also learn the powerful analytical and technical skills economists are famous for.

And because nothing replaces first-hand experience, we reinforce your classroom learning through a wealth of experiential learning and professional enrichment opportunities.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be qualified to travel a career path in business, communications, policy, data management, international studies, and law, among many others.  In fact, there’s almost no field where a degree in economics doesn’t give you an edge.

Choose a concentration.

Our economics students select one of three concentrations: General Economics, Behavioral Economics, or Economic Sustainability.

General Economics gives you a more overall view and lets you choose a mix of courses from the other two concentrations.

In Behavioral Economics, you’ll focus more specifically, with courses in Game Theory, Behavioral Economics, and Decision Making Under Uncertainty.

The Economic Sustainability concentration zeroes in on Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Sustainable Development, and Public Finance or Economic Development.

Or, opt for a minor in economics.

Because a knowledge of economics gives you a competitive edge in so many fields, we offer a minor to partner with your chosen major. You’ll graduate with a firmer grasp on what’s going on in the U.S. and global economies and an economist’s analytical and technical skills in your career tool set. 

No matter what your primary career interest is — business, communications, criminal justice, international studies, or law — this minor makes a major impact with potential employers.

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