Applied Economics

The Applied Economics major is designed to give you a solid foundation in economics and how it is applied in the real world to improve people’s lives. You will develop strong critical thinking skills, data analysis proficiency, and the ability to communicate your ideas in writing.

You’ll have plenty of flexibility and enough free electives to complete a minor that complements and strengthens your Applied Economics major. Minors like Sustainability Studies and International Agriculture will give you a deep understanding of areas where economics can be fruitfully applied to identify, analyze, and solve pressing problems.

With a solid foundation in economic thinking, good quantitative skills, and demonstrated ability to think critically and communicate effectively, Applied Economics graduates are attractive both to employers and to graduate and professional schools.

Graduates of this major have gone onto companies such as—Cargill, CHS Inc, Amazon, Thomson Reuters, U.S. Bank, SuperValu.


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Major Coordinator

Liz Davis
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