Undergraduate Programs

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. 


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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.

Minor Requirements


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“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


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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.  

Hands-on Learning


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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.

Explore Careers


Advising and Academic Support

Schedule an appointment with a faculty or peer advisor, find important department forms, and get answers.

Departmental Advising and Support


Scholarships and Awards

Learn about ways to apply for funding through the Department of Economics. 

Explore Scholarships and Awards


Events

Curious about Resumes? (Workshop)
Apr16
Curious about Resumes? (Workshop) Apr 16 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Diachronic View of Language Policy in Togo
Apr16
Diachronic View of Language Policy in Togo Apr 16 Chapman Hall
Your Future in Tech + Connect (Industry Panel + Networking Night)
Apr16
Your Future in Tech + Connect (Industry Panel + Networking Night) Apr 16 Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall
Registration Deadline for Undergraduate Symposium
Apr17
Registration Deadline for Undergraduate Symposium Apr 17
Black CommUnity Table
Apr17
Black CommUnity Table Apr 17 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Apr17
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Apr 17 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Environmental Connect 2024
Apr17
Environmental Connect 2024 Apr 17 Erb Memorial Union (EMU)
Cinema Studies Presents: Horror Cinema: Screening of Short Films by Filmmaker Alejandro Brugués
Apr17
Cinema Studies Presents: Horror Cinema: Screening of Short Films by Filmmaker Alejandro Brugués Apr 17 Lawrence Hall
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic
Apr17
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic Apr 17 Fenton Hall
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic
Apr17
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic Apr 17 Fenton Hall