Wondering what Economics is all about?  Economics is a social science that studies the interactions of individuals, firms, and governments. Economists investigate social questions and problems that emerge, which range from a variety of issues such as efficiency, resource allocation, inflation, unemployment, optimal policy, growth, discrimination, pollution, and poverty amongst others. In investigating these kinds of problems, an economist typically does many of the following activities:  
  1. Research and analyze issues and problems
  2. Conduct surveys and collect data
  3. Analyze data using mathematical models and statistical techniques, often using advanced computational techniques
  4. Prepare reports, tables, and charts that present research results
  5. Interpret and forecast market trends
  6. Advise businesses, governments, and individuals on market conditions
  7. Design policies or make recommendations for solving economic problems

Learn about our majors!

At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an Economics degree allows our graduates to improve and develop the following set of skills:

  • Analytical and Critical Thinking skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Quantitative and Statistical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Economic Literacy

These are the kinds of skills that are sought after in a variety of fields, not just in Economics.  Given recent economic events, businesses and organizations across many industries are increasingly relying on economic analysis and quantitative methods, to analyze and forecast business sales and other market conditions. A degree in Economics can lead to careers in both the private and public sectors, including a variety of analyst positions as well as careers in sales, forecasting, urban planning, public policy, consulting, and research. The Department of Economics offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • BBA in the College of Business and Economics
  • BA or BS in the College of Letters and Sciences
  • BS in the College of Education

Students that would like to become more involved can participate in Economics Society.  To find out more information, visit their Facebook page

Economics is also an excellent springboard for those students wishing to pursue an MBA or other advanced graduate degree.

If you think an Economics major may be for you, you can:

  • Learn more about UW-Whitewater Economics!
  • Join a student organization
  • Learn about general internship opportunities
  • Meet our faculty
  • Explore our classes
  • Review the Four-Year Coursework Planning Sheets
  • Learn about our Minors
  • Discover your career