Economics, B.S., B.A.

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Perhaps the most important benefit of studying economics is learning how to “think like an economist.” Economists study how scarce resources are allocated so that well-being is maximized. Whether the resource that is being allocated is income, time or a precious commodity, there is always some tradeoff involved. Individuals, businesses and governments face these tradeoffs in countless ways everyday. The most important thing students learn from studying economics is how to identify, measure and understand the essential elements of this tradeoff.

UC Merced Economics Program

There are many good schools offering degrees in economics, but there are some real advantages to enrolling at UC Merced. Here are some of the distinctive opportunities at UC Merced:

  • You will work with and be taught by tenure-track professors for most of your classes, instead of teaching assistants or part-time lecturers, even when you are a freshman.
  • We offer small classes relative to other state schools.
  • Our faculty regularly hire talented undergraduates to assist in their research to a much greater degree than other state universities.
  • Our faculty are actively involved in research that is important and very relevant to today’s world, and we love sharing that research with students.
  • We have a low teacher-student ratio in economics and we take pride in getting to know our students. This makes for a better learning environment and allows us to write much more detailed recommendation letters and advise students on their careers in a more personalized way.

What Can You Do With A Economics Degree?

  • Annual Job Openings in CA: 36,245
  • 10-year projected job market growth:18.6%
  • Median wage in California: $110,026

Upon graduation, you might become:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Business Owner
  • Securities Analyst
  • Management Analyst
  • Marketing Manager
  • Commodities Broker
  • Personal Banker
  • Trader
  • Auditor
  • Business Operations Specialist