Economics Minor

You’ll be able to forecast how decisions made today will impact humanity’s future

Whether your major is Biology or Marketing, History or Health Sciences, by combining it with an Economics minor, you bring valuable skills like critical thinking, analysis, trend spotting, all to help predict what the future may hold.  Economics helps you see ahead at one factor can influence another, how people might respond to cultural shifts and a changing world. 

And, while economics involves topics like wealth, finance, recessions, and banking, it’s really the study of people. For example, what factors decrease healthcare disparities? How will an aging population affect life in the coming decades? How do consumers make choices? An economics education helps you analyzing historical data, current trends, and today’s headlines so you guide businesses, governments, and nonprofits in doing what’s best for what’s next. 

Economists analyzing data


Our economics graduates are prepared to meet the growing demand for economic and analytical skills (2020).

Data analysis is a in demand skill

Top 10 Skill

A study of job postings in the Des Moines area (2019-2021) for the skills requested revealed Data Analysis in the Top 10. (STAMATS)


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Economics Minor


Careers for UNI grads with strong economics backgrounds

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment of economists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Much of that demand is focused on the strong analytical skills and an economics minor allows you to develop those skills. Here are some careers for graduates with strong analytical skills:

  • Research Analyst 
  • Benefits & Compensation Analyst
  • Marketing Analysts
  • Social Media Manager
  • Brand Manager
  • Energy Analyst
  • Media Buyer
  • Business Analyst
  • International Tax Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Underwriter
  • Chief Financial Officer

Economics Courses

An Economics minor gives you a solid understanding and experience in economic theories and practices along with great flexibility to determine the courses that will best serve your career goals. Economics minors can complete coursework in the following areas:

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics Theory
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Money and Banking
  • Public Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Labor Markets
  • International Economics
  • Law & Economics
  • Sports Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Social Issues
  • Economics of Sustainability
  • Economics & Business Forecasting