Economics

The economics bachelor's degree at Pacific University provides students with the skills necessary to investigate policy decisions and the ways in which these decisions affect local, national and global issues.

Students develop writing skills and hone their verbal communication ability while using quantitative analysis, technology and critical thinking skills to assess economic problems. The degree opens doors for careers in business, law, medicine, government, nonprofits, international relations or academia.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes that encourage active participation
  • Development of logical problem solving skills
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Presenting ideas in compelling writing and speech
  • A student club that tours area businesses and attends presentations by eminent economists
  • Easy accommodation of study abroad for a semester or entire year
  • Minor in economics is available

Career-Building Experience

Economics students learn to use the latest information technologies to gather and analyze information. They explore how society handles many of the issues and challenges of the day, from managing scarce land, raw materials, environmental amenities, buildings and equipment, to manufacturing and delivering high-quality, low-cost goods and services in the global economy.

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Courses

The economics major includes courses from accounting, pre-calculus and statistics, as well as numerous economics courses, including the Economics of Social Issues and the Economics of Markets and Governments.

Internships and Field Visits

Internships in an off-campus environment are available to advanced economics majors who seek work experience and related skills. In addition, the Student Economics Club visits local area businesses and attends presentations by noted economists. In the past, the club has visited Cascadia Steel, the Blitz Weinhard Brewery, Widmer Brewery, food processing plants and the state forests.