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Why Study Economics?

Many issues, including jobs, wages, taxes, healthcare, inflation, unemployment, inequality, pollution and poverty, are fundamentally economic issues. As an economics major, you’ll learn how to analyze the factors and processes of economic issues and will be prepared for a career in a field highly sought after by employers.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand economics principles and be able to use economic theory to critically examine and analyze issues in the U.S. and global economy.
  • Conduct professional economic research and present results.
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Hone communication and networking skills.


Types of Courses

  • Fundamentals of Statistics
  • Global Topics in African, Asian, and Latin American Economic Development
  • Labor Economics
  • Managerial Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Political Economy of Discrimination
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Statistics for Economics and Business

“I spent four years working alongside faculty, the dean and other professionals. I enhanced my communication, writing, critical thinking, practical and time management skills during my time [at UWRF]. I also was involved with a number of economic research projects that studied the gender pay gap, stock market and the housing market. To this day, I speak to many of the professors about life or if I need to ask their insight about anything and everything, they are willing to share it with me in order for me to become the best version of myself.”

-  Matthew Ahlfs, economics major

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

With a degree in economics, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of future roles, including:

  • Commodities Trader
  • Economic Analyst
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Labor Economist
  • Market Researcher
  • Staff Analyst