About the Program
Welcome to Purdue University’s Department of Economics. The Department, located in the Krannert School of Management, has a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Economics faculty members are leaders in their respective fields. The Economics Department offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. For undergraduates students, the Department offers two Baccalaureate degrees, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Economics through the Management School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree through the College of Liberal Arts.
The BS degree is offered by the Krannert School of Management and is designed for students who expect to use economic analysis and data-heavy quantitative methods in their careers. The BA degree is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and is designed for students who expect to use economic reasoning in the context of a broader liberal arts education in their careers. Krannert also offers a Minor in Economics and a Minor in Business Economics which are programs available to any undergraduate student on campus.
At Purdue, you will learn core micro and macro economic theory and then can chose from a menu of Economics Courses that cover diverse topics including: international trade, social interactions, tax policy, the banking system, public goods, the structure of industry, labor unions, antitrust policy, education, trust and bargaining, government regulation, discrimination, public finance, economic development, decision making under uncertainty, unemployment, any many, many others.
Why study economics? The most common answer we hear from students is that they enjoy taking econ courses. Fortunately, studying economics is not just enjoyable, it provides analytical and quantitative training that is in high demand by employers. From 2016 to 2018, Purdue’s Economics graduates had higher median starting salaries than all other business majors at Purdue (note that many of the top Economics majors at Purdue go immediately to graduate school and are not included in the salary averages). A 2022 paper by Bleemer and Mehta shows that “the wage return to economic education is very high relative to education in students’ second-choice social science disciplines, causing a 46 percent increase in mid-twenties earnings despite no change in educational investment or degree attainment”. They also find that “about half of the wage return is explained by economics majors working in higher-paying industries”. In addition, A 2011 New York Times article indicated that majoring in Economics gives you the best chance of reaching the top 1% of earners, and a 2006 paper by Flynn and Quinn found that after “adjusting for the size of the pool of graduates, those with undergraduate degrees in Economics are shown to have had a greater likelihood of becoming an S&P 500 CEO than any other major.”
Economics (BS) Major Change (CODO) Requirements