Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources over competing and alternative uses. The Department of Economics at Western offers the opportunity to focus your study in economics or to combine it with a number of complementary subjects.


Do social and political issues such as income inequality, economic development, sustainable resource use, globalization or the implications of free trade capture your interest? If they do, you should consider a major in economics and its related fields.

A degree in economics can lead to a number of career paths. Western graduates in economics have found success in business, as advisors and researchers, as well as in education. Other graduates have gone on to professional schools such as MBA programs or law school. Employment as a professional economist often requires further study and a number of Western economics graduates have gone on to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or a related field.

An undergraduate degree in economics is a fantastic way to develop a solid foundation of critical thinking and analytical problem solving regardless of what field a graduate may choose later in life.

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Department of Economics
Parks Hall 315

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Dr. Matthew Roelofs
Department Chair

Diane Brearley
Academic Department Manager