You can either major in Economics at Purdue, complete a concentration, or for non-management students complete a minor in Economics. Our top students are invited to apply to our Economics Honors program.
Within Economics coursework, you can study diverse topics such as inflation, business cycles, international trade, tax policy, energy costs, agriculture, urban problems, the banking system, the structure of industry, crime and the legal system, labor unions, antitrust policy, regulation, public finance, economic development, and pollution.
To major in Economics you will complete a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Economics. Economics majors have a required concentration in either management, computer science, mathematics or statistics. You'll also take more general classes, things like English, math and history.
Your first two years you will be in the "lower division." Once you successfully complete the classes in the lower division and meet grade requirements, you'll be admitted to the upper division.
Upper division courses will be noticeably more demanding in the areas of economics, statistics, and business. You'll take courses in human resources, management information systems, and law. Upper division is rigorous to ensure that when you graduate you will be ready to succeed in the workplace.
Students who major in Industrial Management, Accounting, or Management can complete a concentration in Economics. This means that some of the credit hours designated for electives will be used for economics classes. Typically a concentration will take 12 credit hours. Your choices help tailor your education to your particular strengths and interests.
If, for example, you are a Management major planning to work in a global investment firm, you might choose Economic courses in international trade, antitrust and regulation, microeconomics, and econometrics. These classes would strengthen your depth of knowledge and help you in your career.
You may complete multiple concentrations. Talk with your advisor to find out more.
Economics Honors is a undergraduate program designed for high-achieving students. It frequently, although not always, appeals to students on track to become researchers and professors. You will want to talk with your advisor if you are interested.