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Economics Major


Economics Major IconEconomics is the social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services in order to explain how economies work. Students in the economics major learn how to think critically, solve problems, work with numbers, in addition to a variety of other skills. The coursework in the program also provides a strong grounding in economic theory, which helps open unique career opportunities that involve policy analysis. Students pursuing economics gain valuable research experience that prepares them for graduate school or various careers in business. Four Emphasis Options are available in Economics: Economic Theory, Managerial Economics, Prelaw Economics, and International Economics and Trade.

Degree Options

  • Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

  • A dual major in accounting and economics is also available. Students meeting the requirements for the dual major can receive a BA or a BS. Information about this degree is found in the USU catalog.

Emphasis Options:

An emphasis is not required.

  • Economic Theory: This emphasis prepares students to work directly after graduation or to pursue graduate study in economics, agricultural economics, quantitative economic analysis, or other related research degrees. Students with this emphasis often become economists involved with policy analysis for governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
  • Managerial Economics: This emphasis is for students planning for careers in business; it is useful for students planning to enter the job market upon graduation or as excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) or master of public administration (MPA).
  • Prelaw Economics: This emphasis is for students who plan to attend law school or pursue a career related to political science. The large number of elective credits included in this emphasis area provides enough flexibility for students to custom design their program of study to meet individual interests and educational goals. Several students have taken advantage of this flexibility to design a dual major in political science.
  • International Economics and Trade: This emphasis was created because of the increased globalization and interdependence among countries. Students focus on managerial and leadership skills and on enhancing competency in navigating the global economy through focused training in the areas of international economics and trade.

Economics Major Career Information

Career Paths:

Students with a degree in economics often pursue the following career paths:

  • Economic Loss Specialist
  • Statistical Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Asset Management
  • Economics Consultant
  • Management Trainee
  • Compensation & Benefits Manager
  • Trust Officer
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Trade Specialist
  • Financial Planner
  • Actuary
  • Loan Officer
  • Appraiser

Companies that have Hired Huntsman Economics Students

Goldman Sachs


Morgan Stanley

Wells Fargo

Zions Bank

Student Organizations and Opportunities

The following are Huntsman Clubs and Opportunities designed for Economics Major Students

Huntsman Clubs

Career Development

At the Huntsman School, we believe in empowering our students to own their education and their careers. Career development opportunities start from the first day at the Huntsman School and continue throughout one's professional life.

Our professional career coaches are equipped with all the tools necessary to help you with interview prep, professional networking, job searching, and so much more!

Career Development Services

Career Coach with Specialization in Economics

Mary Beth Barnes

marybeth.barnes@usu.edu

Mary Beth Barnes

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Major Requirement Introduction

Admission Requirements

To complete a degree in Economics, students must first meet the admission requirements for the degree and be admitted into the degree program. Admission Requirements and Policies

Major Requirements (Curriculum)

Students will then complete the major requirements which consist of the following:

  1. University Studies Requirements (General Education and Depth Requirements)A group of “general” courses required for each student to fulfill in order to graduate. These courses teach a broad range of skills, knowledge, and values that prepare students for success in their majors and in their personal and professional lives after graduation. Most students complete their University Studies requirements by their junior year.
  2. Economics Major Requirements: A group of upper-level courses required to fulfill a respective major. These courses teach skills specific to the area of study in order for students to become specialized in their chosen field.

Advisor Contact Info

Logan Advising

Ruth Loveland

Ruth Loveland

Office: EBB 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: ruth.loveland@usu.edu

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Regional Campus Advising

Students pursuing a distance education major must contact the advisors at their specific location.

Regional Campus Advisors

China Program

Andy Layne

Andrew Layne

Office: EBB 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email: andy.layne@usu.edu

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China Program

Jin Li

Jin Li

Office: EBB 309
Phone Number: 435.797.2272
Email:  jin.li@usu.edu

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Available at the Following Locations:

Logan Main Campus (Economics Major and Emphasis Options)

Regional Campus Centers:

Online (Economics Major Only)

The Economics Major is NOT available at the Salt Lake Regional Campus Center.

Learn More about Campus Availability at: https://regionalcampuses.usu.edu