Majors  >  Economics

Economics is a multidisciplinary socal science: We use history, political science, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, sociology and even literature to understand economic processes.

Most people’s impression of economics is that it is a difficult major, filled with students who have all the right answers. In reality, there are many different types of economists who view the world differently and strongly disagree on many things, such as the causes of poverty and inequality, why women earn less than men and whether globalization is good or bad.

Economists wrestle with questions like “What really caused the Great Depression?”, “Why does money have value?” “What are the differences between capitalism, socialism and communism?” and “Is government debt a good thing or a bad thing?”

As you explore these issues and more, you’ll learn how to think analytically, thoroughly and rigorously.

Economics majors are candidates for good jobs in business, government agencies, education, banking and finance and are accepted to law schools and graduate schools in large numbers.

Mick Jagger, John Elway, Sandra Day O’Connor, Tiger Woods, Cate Blanchett, Ronald Reagan, Paul Newman and Arnold Schwarzenegger all majored in economics. Where else will you find a group like that?

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