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Economics Academic Offerings

Economics Majors and Minors

Sometimes the best way to see the big picture is to dive into the details. The study of economics will provide you with the tools to understand systems as diverse as financial markets, environmental issues, government policy, medical insurance, global economy and social inequities. Our economics program focuses on international and local research and provides a solid preparation for law school or graduate studies.

The economics department offers the following programs:

Business Economics Major
Economics Major and Minor
Economics of Global Issues Certificate

The path to your success starts here

Choose the study of economics to gain a solid grounding in methods of informed decision-making that will apply across numerous career paths: business, government, law, healthcare and more. You will learn to read and analyze situations and systems to help unravel the complexities of the marketplace, and focus your ability to think critically and creatively. Economics will give you the tools to understand why people and societies make the choices they do, and how those choices underlie the world we know.

What is a comprehensive major?

A 60-credit comprehensive major does not require you to add a second academic plan, such as a minor. The business economics major is a comprehensive major. Our other economics major and minor requires the addition of either another distinct major, a minor, or a certificate. With the assistance of your academic advisor, you may even be able to create your own topical minor.

How do I declare economics as my major or minor?

If you are interested in declaring economics as your major or minor, or if you are considering switching your current major, please see your academic advisor or contact the economics department chair at

Your goals are clear

When you major in economics, you can expect to gain a range of knowledge and skills that will serve you well for a lifetime. We are very proud of the students in our department. Through their hard work, they acquire analytical economic skills and a diversity of perspectives that will contribute to the future health of our society.

Learning outcomes

Graduating with a job

Savanna Van Dyk is a UWEC graduate with a degree in business economics and a minor in mathematics. She takes a moment to discuss how UW-Eau Claire prepared her well for a job at IBM.

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