Economics Student

Majors & Minors

Economics Degree

Program Overview

The Economics major at UW-River Falls will give you a greater understanding of how people, businesses and governments respond to their economic environment. Many issues in the media—jobs, wages, taxes, healthcare, inflation, unemployment, inequality, pollution and poverty—are all fundamentally economic issues. The daily decisions of businesses and consumers are also economic in nature. Understanding and analyzing all of these factors and processes at work will position you as a valuable asset in the job market. Studying economics provides you with a systematic, disciplined way of thinking in all aspects of business and life.

Highlights of the Economics Major

  • The Student Economic Society provides students opportunities to participate in field trips, panel discussions and networking and social events.

  • Students have access to major financial databases and statistical software, preparing them for use in future careers.

  • As an Economics major, you will get real-world experiences, including participation in Minnesota Economic Association meetings and tours of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Understand economics principles and be able to use economic theory to critically examine problems in the U.S. and global economy.
  • Conduct professional economic research and present results.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the field of economics. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.

Job Titles

  • Commodities Trader
  • Economic Analyst
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Labor Economist
  • Market Researcher
  • Staff Analyst


  • Ameriprise Financial
  • First Investors Corp
  • Frontier Airlines
  • General Mills
  • Wells Fargo
  • US Bank


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