What creates economic inequality? How can markets affect climate change? Why do economies crash—or boom? Understand the big picture and gain the analytic skills to shape economic decisions and policies.
About the Economics Program
As an economics student at Mills, you’ll explore phenomena ranging from everyday human behavior to global financial markets. Your coursework will go beyond the traditional focus on market supply and demand. You’ll look at game theory, monopoly power, and the relationship between government policy, markets, and social justice, among many other issues. With the help of professors dedicated to teaching and the support of your classmates, you’ll master the theory and data analysis skills necessary for understanding and making decisions about complex economic issues.
If you choose an economics major, required courses will give you a broad foundation in the discipline. Then you can either:
- Choose electives in economics that suit your individual interests and career goals, or
- Select the concentration in international markets and policy, which includes courses on the global economy and its political framework, a language requirement, and an internship or study abroad experience.
View our program details for in-depth information on the economics major and minor.
When you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a career or graduate study in economics, business, law, or government. At Mills, you can earn an master of applied economics (MAE) or an MBA in just one year of study beyond your economics BA as part of a bachelor’s-to-master’s accelerated degree program. With the international concentration, you can also pursue work in the foreign service or international business. Your professors will advise you as you apply for graduate schools and consider career options.
Courses You Could Take
Women & the Economy
Economics of Poverty, Inequality & Discrimination