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We understand that selecting a major can feel like a daunting task, and we are here to walk you through any questions you have about economics at UW-Eau Claire. If you do not see the question below that is on your mind, please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Drop by the economics department office at Schneider Hall, room 400G and schedule an appointment with the department chair. You will be able to talk through the program, officially sign up in the major, and will be assigned to an advisor that matches your interests.

A Business-Econ degree is a comprehensive major in economics consisting of the Basic Business Core in the College of Business plus additional economics courses. Completion of this major results in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. A Liberal-Arts Econ degree requires a minor and results in either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. For more information, please consult the catalog.

Yes and No. Although Math is involved in many aspects, Economics is also a social science where verbal and written skills are also valued.

Currently there are approximately 135 majors and 25 minors.

A new major should take Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 103) and Principles of Macroeconomics (Econ 104). These courses can be taken in either order or simultaneously. Introduction to Political Economy (Econ 201) may be taken before Econ 103 and/or 104, but credit will not be granted if taken after either of the above-mentioned courses.

For information regarding Nontraditional Students, please contact the Advising, Retention + Career Center in Old Library 2100, call 715-836-3257, or click on the following link for further information. Nontraditional Student Services.

A major or minor in economics at UW-Eau Claire provides a solid foundation for graduate study in many fields. Many of our graduates have gone on to successful careers in graduate school and exciting post-graduate professions. If you’re considering graduate school in any field, it’s important to talk to your advisor right away about the preparation you might need. You might need to take certain courses or pursue other opportunities at UW-Eau Claire to open the doors to the graduate program you would most enjoy. Your advisor can help you get an early start on this path.


Here are a few graduate-school options you might want to consider.


Ph.D. or masters program in Applied Economics

Graduate programs in Applied Economics are generally similar to regular Ph.D. programs, but they focus more directly on applied fields (rather than economic theory) and sometimes involve less formidable math requirements. Many of these programs originally focused on Agricultural Economics, and they still include that field in their names and some courses; but most programs in Applied Economics today also focus on other applied fields such as environmental economics, development economics, public sector economics, and international economics. An excellent program in Applied Economics is located nearby at the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics, and the economics department at UWEC also has ties to the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University.

Masters program in Public Relations, International Affairs, Urban Planning, etc.

Many masters-level programs involve a lot of economic analysis, so your economics training at UW-Eau Claire can give you a great head start. Notable programs include those at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee. Your advisor can help you identify programs that best fit your interests.

Law school

Many of our graduates have gone on to law school and successful legal careers. See the University Catalogue for information about the pre-law program and advice about preparation.

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