About the economics major

Economics is an analysis of issues such as inflation, unemployment, monopolies, and economic growth. You'll learn how the economic system works, as well as study theory, policy, and trends.

This major provides a broad view of national and international business conditions and explores ways to deal with economic problems of society and the individual. It proves an understanding of production, distribution, and consumption of goods. You will gain a firm grounding in theory and exposure to problems in business, nonprofit, and government agency environments (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Skills and abilities this major develops: understanding economic concepts, technical writing, problem solving, statistical analysis, and research (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Current economic issues
  • International economics
  • Introduction to statistical theory in economics
  • Mathematics
  • Micro and macro economics
  • Money and banking
  • Urban economics

Possible careers

  • Accountant*
  • Actuary*
  • Attorney*
  • Business analyst or consultant
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Marketing analyst

*These careers require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Banking, finance, or insurance
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • IU Indianapolis
  • Research and development services

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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