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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.

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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.

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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.

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At a glance

#18 Best Value College for Econ Majors

Best Value College for econ majors

Payscale.com (2016)
97% Job Placement

Econ alums employed or in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2014-2015
$55k starting salary

Average starting salary for econ grads

Class of 2015

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
While at Tippie,, Tom Niblock (BBA07) merged his economics and religious studies majors to build a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.

Pivot from broad foundation to foreign focus

When you combine your interests, your career can take you on unimaginable journeys. While at Iowa, Tom Niblock (BBA07) merged his economics and religious studies majors to build a career as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. 

“I wanted a broad foundation. Economics is such a key part of what we do as diplomats."

Now he advocates for religious freedom overseas with a focus on East Asia as part of U.S. foreign policy.

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Highlighted Offerings

Rankings
#1 Best College

College for econ majors in Iowa

Zippia.com, 2016
Student Organizations

Economics Forum

Economics Forum is a weekly discussion of economic issues on campus. We provide support to students considering the economics major and give you a leg up in the annual Federal Reserve Challenge Team that happens each November.

Featured Course
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.