Careers & Outcomes | Economics

After Pacific | Many of our graduates go on to further study in economics, international and public affairs and business. They also work as insurance regulators, certified public accountants and business and government leaders, among other fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

A successful graduate with an economics major will be able to:

  • Acquire new information and analytical skills by reading standard textbooks and general publications covering economic topics
  • Write essays, short papers or major research papers in a clear and concise fashion, with emphasis on content, style, and analytical rigor
  • Organize and present ideas and information orally as part of a team and as a sole presenter
  • Use data and statistics to analyze problems and present the results of quantitative analysis in figures and tables that support oral and written arguments
  • Find relevant information quickly by using contemporary information technology effectively, including the library, internet and computer software applications
  • Design and carry out independent and collaborative projects

Program Purpose

The economics major prepares students to enter a wide range of careers in business, research or the public sector. It also prepares students for graduate study in economics, business, law or public administration. The degree develops broadly educated individuals who are flexible, skilled at solving problems, aware of a diversity of viewpoints and responsive to rapidly changing economic environment.

During the course of majoring in economics, students develop excellent skills in written and verbal communication, quantitative analysis, application of technology, independent research and critical thinking. The academic requirements of the major allow students to study abroad during one semester or during an entire year. Off-campus internships are available for advanced students who wish to gain relevant work experience in applied economics, while exploring specific career options.