Economics major

The Department of Economics at Western Michigan University offers an undergraduate major in economics.

Economists study fundamental problems arising from scarcity such as how to:

  • Avoid excessive unemployment and inflation
  • Manage resources efficiently
  • Organize individual and social efforts to improve standards of living

Economists analyze policies in such specific areas as:

  • Economic development
  • Industrial organization
  • International trade and finance
  • Money and banking
  • Public finance
  • Resource economics

Economists apply rational decision-making procedures to complex questions requiring an ability to think analytically. This is, at least in part, what makes economics a prestigious major.

Economics is recognized as a demanding curriculum and is viewed that way by prospective employers. Majoring in economics as an undergraduate will help you to build a strong foundation for a variety of careers, including business, law, foreign service, journalism, public administration and teaching.

Courses

The economics major consists of a minimum of 30 hours of credit in the department. Students in the Haworth College of Business may make certain substitutions.

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Major form

Plan your curriculum as early as possible in consultation with your economics undergraduate advisor and to complete a major form.

Careers

To be successful as an economist, you need to apply rational decision-making procedures to complex questions. To do well in this field requires an ability to think analytically. Economics is recognized as a demanding curriculum and is viewed that way by prospective employers. Majoring in economics as an undergraduate will help you build a strong foundation for a variety of careers including:

  • Business
  • Foreign service
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public administration
  • Teaching

Questions?

Contact Dr. William Kern, undergraduate advisor, for more information.