Why study economics? The most common answer we hear from students is that they enjoy taking econ courses. Fortunately, studying economics is not just enjoyable, it provides analytical and quantitative training that is in high demand by employers. Economics majors at Purdue have starting salaries similar to Management, Finance, and Accounting majors. In 2015, Purdue's Economics graduates had higher average starting salaries than all other business majors at Purdue (note that many of the top Economics majors at Purdue go immediately to graduate school and are not included in the salary averages). A 2011 New York Times article indicated that majoring in Economics gives you the best chance of reaching the top 1% of earners and 2006 paper by Flynn and Quinn found that after "adjusting for the size of the pool of graduates, those with undergraduate degrees in Economics are shown to have had a greater likelihood of becoming an S&P 500 CEO than any other major."
Purdue offers two undergraduate degrees in Economics: a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA). The BS degree is offered by the Krannert School of Management and is designed for students who expect to use economic analysis and data-heavy quantitative methods in their careers. The BA degree is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and is designed for students who expect to use economic reasoning in the context of a broader liberal arts education in their careers. Purdue also offers a Minor in Economics and a Minor in Business Economics.
Economics is widely used by professionals in a large number of diverse fields. A degree in Economics is a great preparation for graduate school (about one quarter of our graduates go directly to graduate school) or for employment in one of many different occupations. If you are considering majoring or minoring in Economics, we invite you to watch this brief video, developed by the American Economic Association:
As described in the video, Economics is the study of how people make choices in the face of scarcities. Human behavior has important implications for markets, government policies, and other far-reaching applications. At Purdue, you will learn core micro and macro economic theory and then can chose from a menu of Economics Courses that cover diverse topics including: international trade, social interactions, tax policy, the banking system, public goods, the structure of industry, labor unions, antitrust policy, education, trust and bargaining, government regulation, discrimination, public finance, economic development, decision making under uncertainty, unemployment, any many, many others.
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