Economics

What Is It?:

Economics show how individuals and groups choose among resources available to meet their needs. It explores how decisions are made regarding available resources, as well as analyzes problems that develop when making choices and policy issues that affect economic decisions. Areas of study include micro- and macroeconomics, international economics, money and banking, labor markets, cost benefit analysis, and economic history and theory.

For more information, please visit the Department of Economics

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ECON 102—Microeconomics
  • ECON 103—Macroeconomics

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period. 

 

Possible Career Opportunities:

Since Economics is both a social science and a business-related field, it provides useful training for a wide variety of careers. Financially oriented firms (e.g., insurance companies, banks, and brokerage houses) hire people with economic degrees for such positions as financial analysts. Firms from a wide variety of other businesses also hire economics majors for positions in sales or as management trainees. Similarly, in government there are many agencies at the local, state, national and international level that hire economists. These include the Federal Reserve System, the Treasury Department, the Justice Department, the Commerce Department, the Federal Trade Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to mention only a few.
 
Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Actuary
  • Bank Research Analyst
  • Claims Examiner
  • Collection Agent
  • Commodities Analyst
  • Commodities Trader
  • Controller
  • Economic Research Assistant
  • Economist
  • Examiner
  • FBI or CIA Agent
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Health Policy Planner
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Management Accountant Bank
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing or Sales Manager
  • Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Public Administrator
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Securities Broker
  • Statistician
  • Technical Writer
  • Underwriter

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Economics Club: investigates the role of economics in business, hosts visiting businesses/organizations, and informs people interested in economics
    • Economics Student Development Committee: seek to provide education, service, and awareness of Economics to others. Above all, they strive to stimulate interest for the field throughout campus. 

Related Skills:

  • Ability to give advice on business
  • Ability to prepare & write reports
  • Active learning
  • Active Listening
  • Computer literacy
  • Critical thinking
  • Different learning strategies
  • Investigative skills
  • Mathematics & science
  • Oral & Written communication
  • Reading comprehension
  • Research skills

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Economics, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Economics.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Economics.  These organizations include National Association for Business Economics and American Economics Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Economics, visit Undergraduate Programs.