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Applied Economics

Applied Economics is the social science that uses economic tools to analyze real-world problems. Issues such as poverty, taxes, wages, jobs, the cost of living, growth and development all connect to economics.

The CFANS Applied Economics program is one of the best in the country. It provides a solid foundation and teaches you how to use economics to analyze and solve pressing issues. Core courses provide training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. Additional courses focus on environmental and resource economics, international and development economics, agricultural economics, and the economics of the public sector.

This is a flexible major. You'll have enough free electives to complete a minor that complements and strengthens your Applied Economics major. For example, if you're interested in environmental and resource economics, you may be interested in a minor in Sustainability Studies, or in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM). If you're interested in agricultural economics, you may want to pursue a minor in Agronomy or Animal Science. If you're interested in development, you might choose our International Agriculture minor.

You may also want to use free electives to pursue more skills in economic analysis, which you can do within this major. With careful choices in your first few years, you'll be able to take graduate-level courses in your senior year.

Students majoring in Applied Economics develop strong critical thinking skills, data analysis proficiency, and communication skills. Many of our students go on to careers in government and the private sector. Others may pursue professional or graduate training in economics, law, management, public policy, or other fields.

For more information, see the Undergraduate section of the Department of Applied Economics website.

Academic Planning

University Catalog (current requirements for this major)

See sample 4-Year Plans and a Curriculum Worksheet here (in right-side column).

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Department of Applied Economics

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