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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:

  1. Business Economics, BBA Program type: Major Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
    Professor teaching during economics class

    Understand the complex interrelations between the economy and the business environment with a bachelor's degree in business economics.

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  2. Economics, BA or BS Program type: Major; Minor Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus
    Economics student presenting to class

    Prepare to become a skilled economist with a bachelor's degree in economics. Experience real-world learning, and gain the knowledge and tools to understand a variety of diverse systems, including financial markets, environmental issues, government policy, medical insurance, global economy and social inequities.

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  3. Economics of Global Issues Program type: Certificate Delivery: On Campus Campus: Eau Claire Campus

    Develop your global competency and enhance your understanding of global economics. Half of the degree requirements that make up this certificate will include courses that are chosen by you, allowing you to personalize your studies and focus on the areas that best align with your career goals.

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What I love about economics is the assorted career paths I can pursue with it — the sky is the limit. I value the background it has provided me as I feel it has aided me in becoming a more worldly person and more prepared to enter the workforce.

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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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