Economics

If you enjoy critical thinking, practical analysis, and understanding the fluctuations of markets for goods and services, the Economics major at the University of Central Arkansas is right for you. In our program, you’ll learn what causes business cycles, why some countries are rich and others are poor, how to price goods to remain profitable, and how different types of markets and groups interact. You’ll also learn the big-picture economic perspective of a social scientist, such as how to prioritize in the face of scarce resources. Our program even offers a concentration in International Trade for students who want to apply their knowledge in the global marketplace. With a degree in Economics, you’ll be prepared for graduate and professional programs, law school, and a variety of career fields such as policy analysis for government and non-profit organizations, health-care, journalism, and private sector management and data analysis.

As an Economics major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Here are just a few of the benefits of our program:

  • Expert Faculty who engage students through innovative classroom experiments, position papers, policy advocacy, research projects, and publication co-authoring. These instructors provide individual attention to students and care about their success, both in the classroom and in the future. Through extensive community connections, our faculty also facilitate opportunities for students to intern in a variety of positions with local, regional, and national industries.
  • Professional Networking through a wide range of internships and undergraduate projects. The UCA International Trade Association student organization brings our students into contact with leading professionals in the field such as entrepreneurial speakers. These programs provide students the opportunities they need to meet and engage with other economists, not only gaining hands-on experience and a proven work record, but also potential employment.
  • Grant-Funded Student Research from corporations and foundations that offer students a paid opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their areas of interest and publish their findings for review at state and national conferences. Some of our prior grants have come from the Charles Koch Foundation and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.
  • Employment Opportunities for our graduates abound in both public and private sector positions. Recent graduates have found jobs at the United Overseas Bank Group (investment officer), Arkansas Urology Associates (managing director), Cleveland Federal Reserve, St. Louis Federal Reserve (staff economist), Heifer Project International, Citibank Panama, Southwestern Energy Corp. (Attorney), U.S. Marine Corp, First State Bank, United Way, Alltel, Arkansas Department of Human Services (project analyst), and others.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Economics major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/efirm/learnaboutecon.php.