Bachelor in Economics


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Program Description

Students in the economics major will develop the analytical skills to understand private, nonprofit and government influences in order to help them improve society. You will study changes in global economics in the last 40 years and their impact on the economic future, along with learning how to achieve financial, social, and environmental objectives that serve the public interest. As an economics major, you will be a sought-after candidate for law schools, master of business administration (MBA) programs, and doctorate (Ph.D.) programs in economics.

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Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes.
  • Twelve full-time faculty members with doctorates, a passion for economics, and diverse teaching and research experience.
  • High earning potential outpacing business and other liberal arts graduates due to the high demand for economics skills in the workplace.
  • Paid internship opportunities with brokerage firms, banks, government agencies, manufacturing, and marketing firms.
  • Select classes are available online.

Program Distinctions

  • An annual Winter Institute gathers the best minds on economic issues and draws an audience from across the Midwest. It has hosted such notables as former Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke and Nobel Prize in Economics recipient James Heckman.
  • Home of the Center for Economic Education, which aids in the preparation of the "St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report," a quarterly data release which profiles the St. Cloud and Central Minnesota economies.
  • Notable alumnus: James Bullard '84 is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Student Organizations

  • Economics Association
  • Social Studies Club
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • International Relations/Global Issues
  • Beta Gamma Sigma

University Facts & Statistics

  • 94% of economics graduates employed
  • 39 Education Abroad programs offered
  • 31% increase in Honors Program enrollment in fall 2013
  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
  • Top 3% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking

Popular Careers

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Urban or Regional Planner
  • Business Executive
  • Economic/Financial Analyst
  • Project Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Economist

Job/Career Titles

  • Actuary
  • Bank Examiner
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Executive
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Compensation Manager
  • Consultant
  • Corporate Finance
  • Credit Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Economic Analyst
  • Economist*
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Forecasting
  • Investment Analyst
  • Loan Officer
  • Management
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Planner, Program Services
  • Policy Advisor
  • Professor*
  • Project Administrator
  • Researcher*
  • Risk Management
  • Sales
  • Statistician
  • Underwriter
  • Urban or Regional Planner

*Advanced education preferred


General Industry

  • Banks & Insurance Companies
  • Business & Corporations
  • Communications Companies
  • Computer & Data Processing
  • Consulting Firms
  • Economics & Market Research Firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Securities & Commodities Brokers

Minnesota Employers

  • Aerotek
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • C.H. Robinson
  • Capital One
  • Cargill
  • FedEx
  • General Mills
  • IBM
  • Mergis Group
  • Primerica Financial Services
  • Target
  • TCF Corporation
  • United Health Group
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wealth Enhancement Group
  • Wells Fargo

Skills and Traits

  • Communication skills
  • Competitive
  • Computer skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Good at analyzing data
  • Good at seeing patterns/trends
  • Highly motivated
  • Investigative
  • Objectivity
  • Problem-solving
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Strong report writing
  • Work independently
Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you u ... Read More

At St. Cloud State, an education is about far more than an education. It will be an opportunity to explore ideas, seek out unique perspectives and embrace new challenges – all of which will help you unleash your true potential. You will make life-long memories on our 100-acre campus along the scenic Mississippi River. Futures that begin here might seem unassuming at first, but like the mighty Mississippi River, they quickly gather strength. Growing. Surging. Until they're seemingly unstoppable. If you're looking for choice, we've got that covered. We have more than 200 undergraduate programs of study and more than 60 graduate programs, holding nearly every available national accreditation. Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State has evolved into a comprehensive university. We're on a mission to unleash ideas, unleash imagination, purpose, and promise. Read less
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