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If you are interested in developing a critical understanding of issues facing society such as the complex problems of inflation, homelessness, pollution, energy shortages and government deficits, economics may be the major for you. Knowledge of economic theory, history and institutions helps students understand important policy areas such as labor markets, banking, taxation, business cycles, health care, international trade and finance, environment, law, urban development and antitrust actions. UW-Eau Claire’s economics program also offers solid preparation for law school or graduate studies in economics and other related areas.

Internship programs

Students gain on-the-job experience through an extensive professional internship program, as well as an academic internship for students interested in pursuing graduate education. To aid you in the transition to employment or further education, the economics department sponsors trips to area graduate schools, visits by individuals employed in economics-related occupations and alumni volunteers who serve as mentors.

Faculty make the difference

Through our faculty/student collaborative research program, students can participate in fascinating research projects while working one-on-one with professors in their field and gain in-depth knowledge for their careers or graduate school. Students have access to the Chippewa Valley Center for 

Economic Research and Development, which sponsors student and faculty research on the regional economy. Our outstanding economics faculty are proud of the individual attention they give their students. You'll learn in small class settings and get lots of one-on-one attention from professors who go out of their way to get to know you.

Well paid

A recent study from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University reported that lifetime earnings of economics graduates are higher, on average, than those with majors in other social science disciplines and many other fields. According to the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the media starting salary for an economics student with a bachelor's degree is $50,000.

Cap it off

During the year prior to graduation, each student completes a capstone project, which draws upon theory, practice and policy. Recently some students have worked in teams to study the economics of global warming, regional economic trends, and public health initiatives.

Economics student

Economics student with faculty


Economics - liberal arts:
Recommended for students interested in attending graduate/law school or starting non-business careers.

Business Economics*: (see separate webpage)

Recommended for students who want a wide range of career options and want to start a career in business immediately after graduation. (opportunities overlap for the above major)

*comprehensive major-requires no minor (offered in partnership with the College of Business)

Economics-teaching major:
Recommended for students interested in teaching with a 6-12 middle/secondary certification.


Economics - liberal arts
Economics - teaching, which leads to a 6-12 middle/secondary certification

Suggested freshman curriculum

- Principles of
- University Writing
  depending on
  placement exam
- Humanities or social
  science elective
- Foreign language
  and/or math
- Principles of
- Principles of Accounting
- Laboratory natural
  science course
**Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics should both be taken in the first year. Students can start either course. Most upper-division economics courses list these as prerequisites.
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Program notes

The Economics Department offers three majors leading to a degree in three different Colleges. Each degree has distinct GE requirements as well as differing major requirements. Students should consult with an adviser early in their careers to determine which major is best.

Our graduates

Typical positions held by economic graduates include banker, forecaster, economic or business analyst, insurance underwriter, manager, community/economic developer, university professor.
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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

- Credit Risk Manager,
  The Swiss Colony,
  Monroe, WI
- Senior Merchandise
  Planning Analyst, Best Buy
- Corporate Bond
  Representative, Piper Jaffray,
  Minneapolis, MN
- Technology Analyst,
  Andersen Consulting,
  Minneapolis, MN
- Policy Analyst, Wisconsin
  Department of Workforce
- President, Northwestern
  Bank, Chippewa
  Falls, WI

economics class

Department contact information

Wayne Carroll


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