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University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Economics

Why Study Economics?

Whether you realize it or not, you already have a rich personal experience with economics. You make dozens of economic choices every week: how much to study, sleep, work, spend (or save); what courses to take; which snack to buy; and what to do Saturday night. An Economics Major draws on that experience to help you understand how the economy works, not only for you personally but across the region, the nation, and even the world. Economic theory helps you cut through the buzz of everyday events, in order to focus sharply on how people make choices, at what costs, and with what effects on their own lives and those of others. Learning how to find and work with economic data enables you to monitor real economic activity and to test theoretical ideas about causes and effects.

Ultimately, studying economics prepares you to deal with a rapidly changing world. Not surprisingly, employers value such skills.

A bachelor’s degree in Economics prepares you for a career in any number of occupations -- in business, banking, the non-profit sector, journalism, international relations, education, and government. On this site we suggest some course groupings for an economics major that would be especially apt for particular careers.

An Economics degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study -- in law, business, economics, government, public administration, environmental studies, health-care administration, labor relations, urban planning, diplomacy, and other fields. Your Advisor can suggest specific courses for your major that will prepare you for your intended graduate field.

Please review the Academic Advising webpage for Kristin Walker's, Undergraduate Academic Advisor, walk-in hour schedule and/or to schedule an appointment.