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Undergraduate Program 

Studying economics will help you understand the common challenges we all face and find success in acheiving your own career goals.

BA/BS Economics

A major in economics prepares you for a successful career in academia, private business, government and non-governmental organizations, and multilateral institutions. Economics studies societal production and distribution of goods and services.

Economics directly addresses many political and social issues debated today such as:

  • How deeply should the national economy be integrated into a global economy?
  • Is continued economic growth sustainable in light of climate change?
  • What is the relationship between global integration and rising income inequality?
  • How does Economics impact households, generations, genders, and ethnic groups?
  • How has the labor market changed in recent decades?
  • What are the economic effects of rising income inequality?

Economists study these questions with theoretical models, empirical methods (statistics, econometrics), and historical analyses. At the University of Utah, a major in economics is exposed to all of these methods through core theory classes, rigorous quantitative requirements, and electives in a wide variety of fields. As a graduate of our program, students will hone skills in critical and analytical thinking, writing, and acquire a state-of-the-art knowledge in the discipline.

Questions? Reach out to:

Norm Waitzman, Chair

Rudi von Arnim, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Six Myths About Choosing a College Major - NY Times

In projected lifetime earnings economics majors rank second trailing just behind chemical engineering and surpassing electrical engineering, computer science, nursing and more.

Last Updated: 11/15/22