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Why Choose Goddard’s General Economics Program?

If you’re interested in examining any social science question using a quantitative, rigorous approach, general economics is for you.

You will graduate with an expertise in data analysis and critical thinking, making you a highly valued employee in positions that require rigorous undergraduate training.

You can also specialize your degree by choosing among three emphases:

What You’ll Learn

You will become skilled in working with data. Specifically, you will learn:

  • Tabulating and manipulating data/data analysis
  • Research and analysis, finding and testing relationships
  • Applying statistical methods and testing hypothesis

You will also gain knowledge and skills in fundamental areas such as:

  • Microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • Communication skills, written and oral
  • Understanding and interpreting relationships between economic indicators.

What You Can Do

Here are some of the jobs available to general economics majors:

  • Economic analyst: Conduct research, prepare reports or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy.
  • Program analyst: In this career, you perform a variety of complex financial, technical and support services involving data analysis; event, grant and project coordination; department budget maintenance and other related duties.
  • Research associate: As a research associate, you assist in carrying out a particular research agenda by collecting and analyzing data and preparing reports.
  • Budget analyst: As a budget analyst, you are responsible for consolidating data for the presentation of budgets and providing an overview of the financial status of operations. You also maintain accounting records and identity trends.
  • Management consultant: Management consultants help organizations solve issues, create value, maximize growth and improve business performance.
  • Public finance specialist: As a public finance specialist, you provide substantive technical advice and advocacy.

After completing a comprehensive research project in your final semester, you will have the opportunity to publish your research and present at conferences.

Opportunities to present your research include:


  • Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research 
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research 
  • WSU's Undergraduate research journal, ERGO

Admission Process

You must be admitted to the Goddard School in order to major in general economics.

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