Why study economics at St. Olaf?
Economics is the study of how people and organizations make decisions, how they interact with each other, and how institutions and policies can be designed to improve people’s lives. The ambition of those who study economics is to understand the world around them both as it is and as it ought to be. We offer areas of emphasis for more focused study in finance, international economics, management, and public policy.
Serves as excellent preparation for careers in a wide variety of fields, including economic analysis, banking, consulting, health administration, finance, business management, teaching, and international affairs. The major also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, public policy, and law.
What can I expect to learn?
- Knowledge of economic theories and institutions in both microeconomics and macroeconomics.
- The ability to find, interpret and utilize economic information and data.
- The ability to identify and analyze complex problems and arguments using the tools and methods of economics.