Why Study Economics?
Economics addresses the problem of using scarce resources to satisfy society’s unlimited wants. The discipline is divided into two (2) general areas: microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics explores questions about the way society allocates resources; it applies to public policy in such areas as urban, industrial organization, and labor economics. Macroeconomics considers such questions as the causes of inflation and unemployment, and it applies to such areas as monetary development and international economics.
Major in Economics
An economics major teaches cutting-edge tools for data collection and analysis while helping you build the necessary skills to analyze and discuss the most important economics issues of today. You'll develop a competitive foundation for graduate study in economics, business, law, or policy, while preparing for a wide array of career options in both the public and private sectors. The UO Economics major is STEM designated.
Minor in Economics
The Department of Economics offers a minor for students pursuing other majors. Undergraduate courses in economics provide broad knowledge of the field as a part of the program of liberal arts education offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. They also lay a solid foundation in economics for students interested in professional graduate training in economics or in careers in business, law, government, or journalism.
“Going into college, I had no idea what I wanted to major in, but I knew I was interested in learning about real-world problems and solutions. After taking my first economics class I realized it was the right major for me, not only because I enjoy the subject itself, but also because of the immense support by all of the faculty I have interacted with, even in larger lower-division classes.”
—Ali Campbell, Economics and Political Science, '23
Collaborate with Peers
The UO Economics Club is a space for students, faculty, and community members with an interest in economics. Our weekly meetings feature guest speakers and other opportunities for student engagement outside of a classroom setting.
What You Can Do with an Economics Degree
An economics major can prepare you to work in many fields. Learn about possible careers and hear from alumni.
Advising and Academic Support
Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find important department forms, and get answers.
Scholarships and Awards
Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of Economics.