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What can an Economics major do for you?

If you are interested in pairing a strong grounding in liberal arts with economics, you should consider the economics major in the College of Arts & Sciences. The Department of Economics offers theoretical courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics and applied courses in diverse areas including poverty, health, law, labor, money and banking, international economics, public economics, forecasting, and industrial organization. A major in economics through the College of Arts & Sciences provides you with an opportunity to pursue your specific economic interests within the framework of a liberal arts education. As an economics student at UK, you may also choose to get involved with our undergraduate organization for economics majors, the Economic Society. Economics majors can choose to go on to graduate school in economics, law, finance and business, management training programs, and careers in government and business. Former graduates have obtained jobs with organizations as diverse as Summit Energy, the FBI, General Electric, Amazon, and Teach for America.

120 Semester Hours

30 Mojor Hours

31 Core Hours

What skills does studying economics develop?

A degree in economics prepares students for interesting and financially rewarding careers in private business, consulting, government, financial service institutions and numerous other sectors. Economics majors are also well-suited for graduate programs including MBA and MPA programs, and law schools.

Graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics can prepare a graduate for jobs such as:

  • Forecaster of overall economic conditions
  • Researcher/Analyst for government agencies
  • Teaching in public schools or higher education
  • Consultant on legal cases involving antitrust, legal liability, damages, regulation and discrimination.

Career opportunities

Below is a list of some more occupations appropriate for economics majors:

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Bank Management
  • Loan Officer
  • Commodities/Stock Broker
  • Economic Forecaster
  • Credit Accounting Coordinator
  • Securities Analyst
  • Pension Funds Administrator
  • Portfolio Administrator
  • Government
  • Regional/Urban Planner
  • Foreign Trade Analyst
  • Social Security Administrator
  • Cost Analyst
  • Tax Administrator
  • Budget Officer
  • Lobbyist
  • Business
  • Market Analyst
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Systems Evaluator
  • Forecaster
  • Contract Administrator
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Pricing Analyst
  • Insurance
  • Underwriter
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Benefits Analyst
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William H. Hoyt
Acting Chair, Department of Economics
Department of Economics, University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034  USA