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Economics Major

What are the drivers behind the labor market and unemployment? Does investment respond to changes in interest rates? How can data be analyzed in order to help government entities or organizations in their decision and policy making? Iowa State's Economics program offers you the chance to study with internationally-renowned faculty members to answer questions such as these and prepare you for a wide range of exciting career options.

The Department of Economics at Iowa State University offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS). Economics is widely recognized as a solid background for many jobs and professions in business, government, and the law and also provides excellent preparation for advanced study in law, international affairs, business, and economics.


The Economics program of study at Iowa State allows you to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in four years. You may choose electives in areas that complement economics course work, such as pre-law, general business, agricultural business, finance, international affairs, sales and marketing, advertising, journalism, environmental studies, or public administration.

Career Opportunities

Our students have been successful in both attaining employment and in further pursuing their academic interests at the graduate level. A significant number of our undergraduates continue their studies in graduate programs, while others take advantage of career opportunities in marketing, sales, research, finance, and teaching. Check out these top job for Economics majors.

Economics Club

This student organization offers resources for students interested in the field of economics and related areas. Meetings feature guest speakers, typically from business or academia, that engage club members on topics associated with economics, business, and finance. The club sponsors an annual trip to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders' meeting in Omaha. The trip is open to all interested students and department members.

Economics Minor

A minor in Economics is also offered by the department. Students declaring a minor in Economics must complete at least 15 credits of Economics coursework. Agricultural Business and Business Economics majors may not declare a minor in Economics.

Contact us

Want more information about course requirements and how a degree in economics can satisfy your particular interests? Write to or visit the Department of Economics, 174 Heady Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011-1054. Or, call the department at (515) 294-5436 or the Office of Admissions at (800) 262-3810.

We use economics every day, whether or not we realize it.

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