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Economics is a cutting-edge social science that equips students for a wide range of professional and career opportunities, including business, law, politics and education. A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Ed describes economics as the "Just Right" major. According to the Chronicle, economics has "the appropriate middle ground of skill preparation, analytic rigor, and intellectual excitement students look for in a major and that employers look for when hiring students." A degree in economics opens opportunities in many fields and provides excellent preparation for those who want to pursue advanced study in a variety of disciplines.

Economics is often called the “science of choice” based on assumption that we live in a world characterized by limited resources and unlimited human material wants. Economics is the study of how people allocate resources and uses methodologies, models, and theories to help understand, explain, and predict economic phenomena. Economists typically spend a great deal of their time testing models and applying these models to the real world to help predict human behavior.

The College of Business and Public Policy's Economics Program is particularly strong in experimental economics with a new, state-of-the-art lab that is used for both research and teaching.

The Economics program offers courses for both degree and non-degree-seeking students. Students who want to major in Economics can choose either the Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor in Economics is also an option.