Economics may be the major for you if you have interests in areas such as economic development, social welfare and/or the environment. Our Economics program also offers solid preparation for law school or graduate studies in economics and other related areas. 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.
Students gain on-the-job experience through an extensive professional internship program, as well as academic internships 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
Our faculty are proud of the individual attention they give our 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.
Business Economics students can work one-on-one with professors on fascinating research projects, gaining in-depth knowledge for their careers or graduate school. Our students gain real-world experience with work on projects through the economics department’s Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development, which provides expert analysis to businesses, government agencies and non-profits in the Eau Claire region.
Our faculty have in-depth experience in international economics. (For example, during a recent summer, six Economics faculty members pursued research interests abroad — two in Europe, three in Asia and one in Africa.) Based on this faculty experience, we offer several courses with an international focus. In addition, our faculty members have led students in courses and research projects in Argentina, Nicaragua, Germany and China.
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.
Cap it off
During the year prior to graduation, each economics student completes a capstone project that draws upon theory, practice and policy. Students have worked in teams to study issues like the economics of global warming, regional economic trends and public health initiatives.
Economics, Liberal Arts:
Recommended for students interested in attending graduate/law school or starting non-business careers.
Recommended for students who want a wide range of career options and want to start a career in business immediately after graduation. (Opportunities overlap with 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
on placement exam.
For test-out options, see
• Humanities or social
• Foreign language
• Principles of
• Principles of Accounting
• Laboratory natural
**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.
More advising information
The Economics Department offers three majors leading to degrees from three different Colleges. Each degree has distinct general education requirements. Students should consult with an adviser early in their careers to determine which major is best for them.
Typical positions held by Economics graduates include banker, forecaster, economic or business analyst, insurance underwriter, manager, community/economic developer and university professor.
More career information
Places you’ll find recent graduates:
• Credit Risk Manager,
The Swiss Colony,
• Senior Merchandise
Planning Analyst, Best Buy
• Corporate Bond
Representative, Piper Jaffray,
• Technology Analyst,
• Policy Analyst, Wisconsin
Department of Workforce
• President, Northwestern
Department contact informationWayne Carroll