What’s the best way to reduce carbon emissions? Is a green economy possible? What should be done about the federal budget deficit? Will graduating seniors ever collect on Social Security? Can government policies reduce unemployment? Is crime an economic problem? Is obesity an economic problem? Why are some countries rich and others poor? Does international trade help or hurt workers in the United States? 

Economics provides answers to questions like these by analyzing how societies and markets allocate scarce resources, how incentives shape human behavior and why there are tradeoffs in virtually all public policy options. Majors develop analytical and quantitative skills including modeling and data analysis. They understand macroeconomic relationships that explain economic growth, unemployment and inflation and exchange rate fluctuations. They also study the microeconomics of the public sector, industrial organization, labor and human resources, health, natural resource use, the environment, trade and development.

Our graduates go on to careers in consulting, banking, finance, teaching and government.  The major also provides excellent preparation for advanced degrees in Economics, Business, Planning, Medical School and Law. Economics students make particularly good law school applicants (and outperform other majors on the LSAT), likely because both fields emphasize highly analytical thinking. 

Getting the Most out of Your Economics Major

Fall 2022 Econ Electives

Watch these short videos or view the flyers linked below about the elective courses being offered next semester. Each video includes a description of the course content plus a few words from the instructor about what the class will be like next Fall.


ECON 303.001 Intermediate Macroeconomics I

ECON 307.005 Economic Tools

ECON 350 Public Finance
The economics of the public sector (government!)
TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PMVideo (3:26)
ECON 360 History of Economics Thought
The major ideas of economics throughout history.
MWF 10:00 - 10:55 AMVideo (3:23)
ECON 424 International Trade
Comparative advantages and globalization.
8-week online
starting October
Video (3:31)
ECON 442 Topics in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Data science does natural resource econ.
TR 2:00 - 3:15 PMVideo (3:37)