Economists study fundamental problems arising from scarcity, such as how to manage resources efficiently, how to organize individual and social efforts to improve standards of living, and how to avoid excessive unemployment and inflation. Economists analyze policies in such specific areas as international trade and finance, money and banking, industrial organization, resource economics, public finance and economic development.
Economists apply rational decision-making procedures to complex questions -- to do well, requires 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.
The Economics major consists of a minimum of thirty credit hours of ECON courses. Seven courses are required for all majors:
Students in the College of Business may make certain substitutions. It's a good idea to plan your curriculum as early as possible, in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor for the Department of Economics, Dr. William Kern.