Rachel Armstrong (left, economics) and Larissa Ablutz (computer science) study together on the Upper Quad.

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

How should we decide what to do with scarce resources in our rapidly changing world? An economics degree at the University of St. Thomas develops your analytical and critical thinking abilities, equipping you with the tools you need to analyze problems and answer real-world questions asked by employers and policy makers.

Why Study Economics at St. Thomas?

Our degree program offers a large variety of courses focusing on topics ranging from managerial economics to environmental economics. We teach students to develop the qualitative and quantitative skills they need to understand complex problems and effectively communicate key strategic decisions. Economics graduates from St. Thomas have gone on to positions at companies like Medtronic, Citibank and EY.

Decisions, Decisions

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Outside the Classroom
  • You start by taking foundational courses focusing on economic theory and analysis, progressing to courses in mathematics, statistics and econometrics to develop your quantitative skills. You choose additional economics courses that fit your interests and career goals exploring topics such as international trade, the healthcare market, data analytics and more.
    You start by encountering macro and microeconomics, the fundamental principles of economics. After that, you will have the freedom to choose courses based on your personal interests.
    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Business
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - International Economics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Mathematics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Public Policy Economics
    • Minor in Economics
    Internships reflect the varying interests of our students, including experiences with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, IO Sustainability LLC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Merrill Lynch, Medtronic and Target. We emphasize in the classroom why it is important for our students to act for the common good as well. Courses have integrated city-identified sustainability projects, allowing students to use their training to solve real-world problems.

    Course Requirements

    You start by taking foundational courses focusing on economic theory and analysis, progressing to courses in mathematics, statistics and econometrics to develop your quantitative skills. You choose additional economics courses that fit your interests and career goals exploring topics such as international trade, the healthcare market, data analytics and more.

    Four-Year Plan

    You start by encountering macro and microeconomics, the fundamental principles of economics. After that, you will have the freedom to choose courses based on your personal interests.

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Business
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - International Economics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Mathematics
    • Bachelor of Science in Economics - Public Policy Economics
    • Minor in Economics

    Outside the Classroom

    Internships reflect the varying interests of our students, including experiences with the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, IO Sustainability LLC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Merrill Lynch, Medtronic and Target. We emphasize in the classroom why it is important for our students to act for the common good as well. Courses have integrated city-identified sustainability projects, allowing students to use their training to solve real-world problems.
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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools to analyze complex situations and make informed decisions in the workplace or in graduate school. Here are some paths our alumni pursued after graduating.

    • Research Assistant – Federal Reserve Board
    • Master of Science in Epidemiology - Columbia University
    • Transfer Pricing Staff – EYI
    • Financial Analyst – General Mills
    • Data Scientist – UnitedHealth Group
    • Data Analyst – EAB

    Scholarships

    David A. Renelt Award

    The David A. Renelt Award honors one outstanding rising senior economics major who best exemplifies the traits of growing intellectual curiosity, high ethical principles, enduring spiritual devotion and endearing congeniality.
    David A. Renelt Award Information

    Scholarships

    Economics Young Scholars

    We solicit proposals from students pursuing undergraduate economics research projects and provide generous financial support. In addition, we offer limited financial assistance to students applying for graduate study in economics to help cover some of the costs of GRE fees, application fees and campus visit expenses.
    Economics Young Scholars Information

    A Plethora of Opportunities

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    We have 15 dedicated faculty with a wide variety of expertise and strong interest in working with students.
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    We want you to pursue your passions, which is why we offer five different economics majors tailored to your interests and career goals.

    Get Involved

    Research, student-run clubs and conferences—the possibilities are endless for getting involved at the university and beyond.

    Faculty Research

    Our faculty are active researchers focusing on a variety of fields. They win government grants, are cited in the New York Times, publish in leading journals and present at global conferences.

    Economics Club

    The Economics Club facilitates economic exploration outside of the classroom. Activities include presentations from professionals on how they use economics in their careers and faculty discussing current economic events like tax reform.

    Student Research

    We support students as they pursue research. There is financial assistance for engaging in research and presenting results at conferences. Faculty include students in their projects as research assistants or collaborators.

    Solving Everyday Problems

    Economics students at St. Thomas have unique opportunities to explore a variety of issues affecting us every day. Here is how they have been making a difference lately.
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    Practical Experiences

    Economics students at St. Thomas have access to a diverse array of opportunities inside and outside of the classroom through research, competitions, dedicated faculty and more. Students use their skills and knowledge to make an impact in their communities every day.