Economics studies how people make decisions regarding the production and consumption of goods and services. Economics evaluates topics such as inflation, business cycles, international trade, tax policies, energy costs, the banking system, crime and the legal system, public finance, and economic development. Students explore economic issues and theories through a variety of disciplines while honing their writing, communication, and analytical skills.

What's Next


Upon completion of the program, students majoring in Economics may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to their studies. Student experiences have included:

  • Property Tax Analyst
  • Product Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Labor Analyst
  • Finance and Industrial Management Specialist
  • Quality Analyst/Engineer
  • Strategy Manager
  • Graduate or Professional School


All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Economics majors develop skills that are applicable to many different careers. These skills may include, but are not limited to:

  • In-depth understanding of theories, principles, and methods of economics and consumer behavior.
  • Practical knowledge of economic and statistical data in area of specialization, such as finance, labor, or agriculture.
  • Ability to conduct research on economic issues and disseminate research findings through technical reports or scientific articles in journals.
  • Compile, analyze, and report data to explain economic phenomena and forecast market trends.
  • Understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies, such as proposed legislation, taxes, services, and regulations.
  • Aptitude using analytical or scientific software, data base user interface and query programs, and object or component oriented development software.

What's Next

Economics majors may choose to enter into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue or to attend graduate school upon completion of their degree. Past graduates have gone on to::

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