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The Department of Economics at the University of Michigan celebrated its centennial in April, 1980. Through its long and distinguished history, it has counted among its faculty and alumni many eminent scholars and public servants. Students who would like more information about the history of the Department can read Economics and the World Around It, a collection of papers delivered at the Centennial Symposium of the Department of Economics in April 1980, edited by Saul Hymans and published by University of Michigan Press in 1982.

Economists are employed by banks and other financial institutions, industrial corporations, consulting firms, international organizations, and government agencies at all governmental levels, as well as by colleges and universities. Graduate study is necessary to prepare for a career as a professional economist. The Ph.D. is usually required for academic careers in four year institutions and for higher level positions in economic agencies of the federal government.

Whether you are already committed to concentrating or minoring in economics, are gathering information preparatory to that decision, or are just considering selecting one or more economics courses as part of your undergraduate education, this website is for you!


Economic problems center around the utilization of limited resources to provide goods and services for society. As a social science, economics is concerned with people in their roles as economic decision makers. Economists study how business and personal decisions are made under conditions of uncertainty and incomplete information, in order to provide insight into problems involving both short- and long-term planning, such as investment and savings decisions.

A strong grounding in both theoretical and applied aspects of economics allows students to use their knowledge to understand economic behavior as well as provide a basis for evaluating economic policy. The American Economic Association has developed a brief video overview for students who are evaluating career options in economics or may have wondered what types of professionals utilize economics in various fields - we encourage you to take a look! 

Economics has served as the foundation for a variety of career opportunities. Michigan graduates have gone on to successful careers in business, government, law, and education. In pursuing an economics concentration, students develop analytical skills, a strong quantitative background, and clarity and precision of thought and expression. Students also gain knowledge of economic institutions and an understanding of how a complex economic system works. These abilities may be applied to job responsibilities in a variety of sectors and occupational groups.

Many economics students continue their education in graduate or professional schools. They choose economics as a field of study because it is a good preparation for graduate or professional studies in fields such as law, business administration, urban planning, social work, consumer advocacy, and natural resource management.

If you would like to learn more about our department and what we have to offer our undergraduate students, please look around on our website! We have information about receiving advising, requirements for the major/minor, an LSA mentorship program that helps pair current undergraduate majors with U-M Alumni (LSA Connect), how to get involved in either events in the department or undergraduate student groups, as well as what to do to prepare to study abroad or transfer in outside credits to U-M towards your Econ degree, and so much more! There is also a page just for transfer students and for our annual Commencement Ceremony!

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, the first place to turn is the Undergraduate Economics Office, 238 Lorch Hall, (734) 763-9242, or send a message via e-mail to This office is the focal point for all matters relevant to the undergraduate concentration. Ask here for information about course scheduling, networking with graduated Economics majors, job/career information, internships, information on continuing education (MBA, Law School, Study Abroad Programs), and various other opportunities for economics students. For further information, please schedule an appointment with an economics advisor or join our email group!