Environmental quality, international economic concerns, urban and regional problems, poverty, inflation and unemployment. Willamette’s economics program challenges students to explore how these important social issues are shaped by the activities of private interests, public institutions and interest groups.

Through a broad range of topical elective courses and one-on-one mentoring, we prepare students for lifelong, independent critical inquiry into economic issues.

Our major internship program enables students to gain “real world” experience in both private and public sector enterprises, including the Legislative Revenue Office, Office of Economic Analysis, Department of Forestry and other state agencies located adjacent to or near campus.

A background in economics is valuable preparation for a wide variety of postgraduate educational and career opportunities. Willamette graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in business, public administration and law, and they work in such diverse fields as medicine, social work and education.