Information on Economics as a Major or Minor
Furnished by Dr. Bradley Hobbs, Professor of Economics
As a young university student just starting out in life choosing a career path can be a daunting task. Some get hung up on the money, others on the commitment, and others on their prospects for the future. Whatever you choose remember the sage words of my Father to my friends at this stage of life: "There is always room for one more good one!"
Whereas some majors narrow your training, others broaden it. I think that an undergraduate economics degree provides an optimal balance of the two. Economics majors are valued for their analytical skills and for their ability to take on a broad range of tasks and projects. The appeal of economics to me, throughout my entire career, has been its analytical power and the breadth of its applications to life more generally.
The bottom-line is that I suggest you choose a major which excites a passion in you and appeals to your curiosity and interests. Working in an area you don't like gets old very, very quickly!
The first step is to gather information and professors within your major are a great resource for that, whatever their field. External sources should be scoured too. Below are some web sites regarding an economics major - some are from other colleges and some are general sources. All links will open in a new browser window.
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