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Department of Economics

The Department of Economics at Saint Louis University offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs for students interested in pursuing a career path in economics.

Students are exposed to microeconomic issues that are relevant to decision-making for individuals, in private business and in formulating public policy, as well as macroeconomic issues, data and frameworks for examining the economies of the world and how they relate to each other.

Degree Programs


Why Study Economics?

Students of economics learn the principles and methods that individuals and institutions, public and private, utilize to identify the costs and benefits associated with alternative decisions. In doing so, our students master a structured, pragmatic approach to solving problems.

Real-World Problems

Economics students at SLU are exposed to global macroeconomic issues such as the ramifications of the changes in the international economic environment on the growth and prosperity of nations. Through their coursework, our students encounter real-life scenarios that challenge them to think critically to solve actual economic problems. Our students learn the skills necessary to meet the challenges they’ll face in working in economics, and they will have the knowledge to develop innovative solutions.


The knowledge and skills that students of economics acquire are useful in many professions and are highly desirable for employment requiring strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Students of economics find employment in both private business and government service, or many pursue graduate degrees in business, economics, law and public policy.

Specific Skill Set

Government and business agencies continually allocate resources, analyze economic trends and forecast financial changes. Through SLU’s economics curriculum, you’ll learn to apply theory and problem-solving skills while balancing public policy with the choices faced by today’s society.