Department of Economics - COLS


Economics is a social science concerned with choices made by individuals and society  as well as a business science essential to understanding the business world. Economics provides the foundation for analytical applications in accounting, finance, management, marketing, and public policy analysis. And beyond…the tools of economics can actually be applied to any area of human choice. 

Students develop skills in analytical and critical thinking, quantitative and statistical proficiency, and economic literacy and knowledge that are broadly useful in many job descriptions. An economics education opens up opportunities for career paths in business, government, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, journalism and education. Economics is valuable as a major or minor for those planning to pursue further professional or graduate training, including MBA, law, public policy and administration, industrial and labor relations, and international relations. Students who are considering graduate work in economics or related business disciplines should consider a minor in mathematics or a double major in economics and mathematics.

Economics is divided into economic theory, quantitative methods and a variety of applied subfields. The department offers courses in Micro and Macroeconomic fundamentals, Economic Development, Economics of Health Care, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor, Managerial Economics, Monetary Economics, Natural and Environmental Resource Economics, Public Economics, and Urban and Regional Economics. Economic theory and quantitative methods provide students with analytical skills and with the tools of empirical investigation.

Students can major in economics within the College of Letters and Sciences (or the College of Business and Economics). Students from the College of Letters and Sciences can combine a major in economics with a professional minor in business studies. Students from the College of Business and Economics can pursue a minor in Economics through the College of Letters and Sciences.  Students in the College of Education can obtain a BSE with a major in economics.  The requirements for the Economics major courses are the same in all cases with only the courses required for the degree (BA, BS, BSE) being different.

Minors in Economics