The major that teaches you how to think

Economics teaches you how to think analytically and critically about how individuals, businesses, governments—even entire nations—make choices and how policy might influence these choices. Economists use their understanding of economic relationships to advise everyone from CEOs and stockbrokers to presidents and lawmakers. Sometimes, they are those people. With a Tippie economics degree, you could be, too.

Tailor your economics degree to your interests

Tippie’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in economics focuses on how economics influences decision making in disciplines like finance, marketing, and management. Focus your study by choosing:

The analytical track

The analytical track has a more quantitative focus and is great if you’re thinking of a graduate degree that involves a lot of number crunching. Learn more about the analytical track.

The policy track

The policy track is less highly quantitative. If you have your eye on decision making or advocacy positions or think you might want to go to law school, this is the way to go. Learn more about the policy track.

The business track

The business track will get you ready to apply the tools of economics to a wide variety of industries, including banking, insurance, and retail. It’s also great prep for an MBA. Learn more about the business track.


Want to see the courses you could take as an economics major? Check out the economics academic plan.

Economics academic plan

At a glance

93 percent

Econ alums employed or in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2020
$53,000 salary

Average starting salary for econ grads

Class of 2020
#3 Best Online BBA Program Value

Tracks to choose from

Policy, analytical, or business track

Tippie economics can take you places

Payscale ranks Tippie among the top 10 business schools in the nation for the ROI of our BBA in economics. Our graduates are working at every level of business, government, and academia.

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Alumni Story
Iain O'Connor

Pivot from community builder to consultant

While interviewing for a risk brokerage consulting position in Chicago, Iain O’Connor (BBA17) nailed one unexpected question: “What do you know about Japanese architecture?” He had a killer answer because of the students he tutored and befriended at Tippie. For four years, Iain dedicated himself to interacting with every corner of the community and bringing those diverse perspectives together.

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World map

Dive deep into the forces that move the global economy, with topics ranging from NAFTA to the European Union, high-tech trade, foreign exchange markets, tariffs, and subsidies.