Learn to make sense of the world around you

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 degree from Tippie’s highly regarded economics department, you could be, too.

economics academic plan

“Tippie taught me to have confidence and an open mind while meeting new people. They emphasized thinking analytically and effective time management.”

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.

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.

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.

93 %

Econ alums employed or in grad school

within 6 months of graduation, 2020

$ 53,000

Average starting salary for econ grads

Class of 2020

# 1

College for econ majors in Iowa

Zippia.com, 2016

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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