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Customize your Major

The flexibility in curriculum and potential career paths are great advantages to the economics major because it allows students to pursue their interests. But it can leave uncertainty when preparing for a particular career path.

A transcripted emphasis, course cluster or graduate school preparation offers additional structure that can ease this uncertainty. Explore the options below to find a direction that fits your academic and career goals, then meet with your academic advisor to make a plan.

Transcripted Emphases

Focus your economics degree in a particular area through a transcripted emphasis. Benefits include, but are not limited to, specialized undergraduate coursework aimed at career preparation, faculty mentorship, and networking opportunities.

Transcripted emphases appear on a student’s diploma and the official transcript, certifying the student’s accomplishments in their emphasis area.

Business Economics and Analytics (BEA)

Perfect for students who are interested in a mathematical and statistical analysis approach to their economics studies, the BEA offers detailed training in relevant business topics.

Plan ahead: Calculus II and basic statistics are prerequisites

Required Course Work

Consult with your academic advisor for more information and to declare the BEA as your emphasis.

ECON 3201 Money and Banking for Business Economics and Analytics

QAMO 3010 Business Economics

ECON 4011 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis for Business Economics and Analytics

QAMO 3020 Game Theory

ECON 4651 Principles of Econometrics for Business and Analytics

QAMO 3030 Business Econometrics I

Statistical Analysis (SAE)

The SAE uses real-world data and statistical software to establish applied econometrics skills. Carry out analysis for local non-profits and other groups then write and present reports on your findings while working with a faculty mentor.

Plan ahead: ECON 4650 is a prerequisite

Required Course Work

Consult with your academic advisor for more information and to declare the SAE as your emphasis.

ECON 4660 Statistical Analysis for Applied Economic Research 

Offered Fall semesters

ECON 4670 Economic Research in the Community

Offered Spring semesters

Course Cluster Examples

An undergraduate degree in Economics can open up many doors, especially if courses are selected with future goals in mind. Course clusters help students navigate the different tracks one can take through Economics. Additional guidance on course selection is available through your academic advisor.

Business Alternative

Planning for a career similar to that of a business major? Economics teaches analytical skills valued in the business world.

Concentrate your elective coursework in some of the central fields of economics – labor, international trade, money and banking, etc.

  • ECON 3100 Labor Economics
  • ECON 3200 Money and Banking
  • ECON 3500 International Economics
  • ECON 5360 Industrial Organization
  • ECON 5500 Monetary Theory and Policy
  • ECON 5510 International Monetary Relations
  • ECON 5550 International Trade and Commercial Policy

Complete the Econometrics focus areas to shore up your technical skills.

  • ECON 4650 Econometrics

Plus any Doctrines or History Focus Area course

Consider completing allied hours with courses from the David Eccles School of Business. This could lead to a business minor.

  • ACCTG 2600 Survey of Accounting
  • MGT 3000  Principles of Management
  • FINAN 3000 Fundamentals of Investing and Business Finance
  • MKTG 3000 Marketing Vision

These are only a few of the options for course work. Consult with a David Eccles School of Business advisor regarding the full requirements of the minor or other courses in which you may have interest.

Work with the College of Social and Behavioral Science Internship Coordinator to find internship opportunities that will strengthen your business experience.

Pre-Law

Thinking of attending law school after graduation? Economics emphasizes the sort of rigorous logic essential to legal studies.

Concentrate your electives on coursework directly related to legal topics.

  • ECON 5120 Labor Law and Collective Bargaining
  • ECON 5300 Public Finance
  • ECON 5360 Industrial Organization
  • ECON 5370 Markets and Governance Institutions
  • ECON 5380 Law and Economics

Complete courses in the Doctrines and Economic History Focus Areas to develop writing skills.

Consider completing allied hours with coursework in the social sciences and other related fields. 

Consult with your academic advisor for additional related fields.

*Many students aiming for law school choose to double major in Economics and Political Science. Consult with the Political Science advisor for major requirements and to declare a second major.

Work with the College of Social and Behavioral Science Internship Coordinator to find internship opportunities that will strengthen your law school application.

Investigate Hinckley Institute internships in law, government and public policy.

Public Policy

Looking for a career in government and policy? Economics provides the analysis and evaluation skills necessary for leaders and policy makers.

Concentrate your elective coursework in our policy and government offerings.

  • ECON 3540 Current Economic Problems
  • ECON 5180 Poverty and Inequality
  • ECON 5190 Health Economics
  • ECON 5240 Urban Economics
  • ECON 5250 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 
  • ECON 5300 Public Finance
  • ECON 5370 Markets and Governance Institutions

Complete the Econometrics focus area to gain technical skills needed for policy analysis.

  • ECON 4650 Econometrics

Plus any Doctrines or History Focus Area course

Consider completing allied hours with courses in other related fields.

Consult with your academic advisor for additional related fields.

Investigate Hinckley Institute internship opportunities in government and public policy.

Work with the College of Social and Behavioral Science Internship Coordinator to find other internships.

Consider the Combined BS or BA & Masters in Public Policy Program to complete both your economics bachelor's degree and a public policy master's degree in just five years.

Graduate School Prep

Planning to remain in the economics field for your career? Typically, this requires graduate work in one of two unique tracks. Meet with your academic advisor and make connections with our faculty to learn about course work, preparation, applications, and career paths for each track.

Terminal Master's Degree

Consider this track if your career goals include

  • Economic analysis
  • Policy analysis
  • Consulting

Explore the Master's degrees (MS/MA or MSTAT) offered by the University of Utah and other universities in the United States.

 

PhD Degree*

Consider this track if your career goals include

  • University teaching and research
  • Policy analysis for governments or think tanks

Explore the PhD degrees offered by the University of Utah and other universities in the United States.

*Most programs do not expect students to have a master's degree before starting a PhD.

Economics Course Work

Electives and Allied Hours should be selected from more rigorous, 5000-level courses relating to your future graduate program.

Contact your academic advisor for help selecting courses.

Complete the Econometrics focus area to enhance your technical skills.

ECON 4650 Econometrics

Plus any Doctrines or History Focus Area course

Math

Graduate programs will expect a deeper mathematical background than is required for a standard bachelor's degree. Consult with your academic advisor to determine which courses will best serve your goals.

  • MATH 1210 Calculus I
  • MATH 1220 Calculus II
  • MATH 2210 Calculus III not required by all programs
  • MATH 2250 Differential Equations and Linear Algebra

OR

  • MATH 2270 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 2280 Introduction to Differential Equations

Desirable though not required by all PhD programs

  • MATH 3070 Applied Statistics I*
  • MATH 3080 Applied Statistics II*

*Courses at 3000-level or above will count toward allied hours.

Last Updated: 7/12/17