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Here in the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign we create an experience for our students! We want to ensure that you are working towards your degree, but also getting involved and building the skills you need for your future. We offer many activities and opportunities to build upon your foundation of academic training, creating well-rounded students who are prepared for post-college life. Special events, networking opportunities, workshops, student organizations, and other activities promote students’ personal growth.
The placement of Economics within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences means that our majors receive a comprehensive broad education that prepares them for a wide variety of post-college paths. We are around 1,300 majors strong, and our student population is global. Our alumnae and alumni are found at for-profit and non-profit firms, at all levels of government in the U.S. and around the world, and in graduate programs, Universities, and other research and educational institutions.
What is Economics?
Economics is concerned with the creation, consumption, and transfer of wealth. The study of economics encompasses the major areas of microeconomics, which explores how people and firms produce and consume goods and services, and macroeconomics, which explores mass economic progress and inter-country trade. Economic methods may be used to study all kinds of issues, from land and other natural resource use, to how much people should work, to how to develop human capital through education. Economics can provide insights in areas as diverse as how workers should be rewarded, how government should conduct fiscal and monetary policy, and how health care markets work.
The basic theoretical and statistical tools of economics are applied to virtually every field of human endeavor. Major fields of study within economics include Behavioral Economics, Development, Econometrics, Economic History, Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, International Economics, Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, Mathematical Economics, Political Economics, Public Economics, Economic Theory, and Urban Economics.
Sectors where our graduates work include for-profit and non-profit business organizations, all levels of government, and education. Examples of some of the industries our graduates have gone on to include banking and finance, marketing, insurance, and consulting. Students also continue into a variety of graduate studies as well, including Accounting, Finance, Business, Statistics, Financial Engineering, Economics, and various other professional and academic Master and Doctorate programs. Your experience is what you make of it in Economics!
Visit our Economics Career Information Website, or discuss with our Econ Career Center
Students interested in the *NEW* Economics Minor:
We have created an ‘Economics Minor Interest Form’ students may complete if they would like to receive emails with details about the minor (application process, course registration, etc.) as soon as it is available: http://go.economics.illinois.edu/MinorInterest
*We are not meeting with Econ Minor students, yet* (Do not schedule an appointment as we will not discuss with you until our office is ready)
Interested in Economics?
Current students interested in Declaring Economics: Transferring to Economics Page
Information about declaration criteria (requirements to transfer into the major)
Interested/Prospective/Admitted Students: Prospective Students Page
Information about our economics program and visiting campus (we also encourage you to visit our other website pages)
Accepted New Students: New Student Page
Information about New Student Registration & Orientation, and preparing for campus