Economics Minor

Economic way of thinking

Economics studies the problems caused by scarcity of resources (land, labor, capital) and how individuals, institutions and societies may deal with these problems.

They may conduct research, collect and analyze data as well as develop policy recommendations.

Economists examine a wide variety of issues including: employment levels, economic growth, international trade and currency exchange, business cycles, taxes, wages, income distribution as well as consumer and market behavior and choices.

What can I do in the economics field?

Economics prepares you for employment in business and government and provides the ideal background for graduate study in Law, Business, Public Policy as well as Economics. Some examples of job titles often held by those with an economic background are:

  • Financial analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Public policy consultant
  • Researcher or research assistant
  • Purchasing manager
  • Field economist

The minor at USF requires 24 hours which qualifies a graduate for a position with government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a beginning field economist.

Curriculum (24-25 Semester Hours)

Required Courses (15-16 hours):
ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 102 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 211 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (3)
ECON 212 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory(3)
MATH 105 Intro to Statistics (3) OR MATH 175 Statistics (3/4)

Three courses (9 semester hours) from the following electives:
International Business (3)
Consumption Economics (3)
International Economics (3)
Topics in Economics (1-3)
Commercial Banking (3)
International Finance (3)
Economics of Labor Management (3)

For more curriculum information

See the USF Catalog


For more information contact Jeanne Washburn, executive director, at or 815-740-3591.