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Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts

Explore how social issues are shaped by the activities of private interests, public institutions and interest groups.

Environmental quality. International concerns. Urban and regional issues. Poverty. Inflation. As an economics student at Willamette, you’ll investigate critical social issues through a broad range of elective courses and one-on-one mentoring from expert faculty.

You’ll also gain professional experience through our internship program. Choose from opportunities in the Legislative Revenue Office, Office of Economic Analysis, Department of Forestry and other state agencies near campus. Or put your knowledge to work in the private sector.

You’ll graduate with an economics background that prepares you for a variety of postgraduate educational and career opportunities. And you’ll join a community of alumni who are leaders in business, law, medicine, social work, politics, education, finance and public administration.

Featured Alumni


Emma Giron '18

  • Selected for the highly competitive graduate fellowship for people interested in foreign service through the U.S. Department of State
  • Fellowship funds a master’s program in a field related to public policy and covers living expenses
  • Giron found strong support from Willamette’s economics department

Emily Brixey '15

  • Senior manager of policy, advocacy and research at nonprofit KnowledgeWorks
  • Worked for the Education Commission of the States while pursuing a PhD at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Former director of operations for Sen. Richard Devlin, D-Tualatin, who ran for secretary of state

David Coelho ’08

  • Vice president of national sales
  • After spending some time in Germany, Coelho helped his family’s winery navigate the pandemic
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