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Undergraduate Programs

Economics curriculum

You can major in Economics at Krannert, complete a concentration, or for non-Krannert students complete a minor in Economics. Our top students are invited to apply to our Economics Honors program.

Within Economics coursework, you can study these diverse topics:

  • business cycles
  • international trade
  • tax policy
  • energy costs
  • agriculture
  • urban problems
  • banking systems
  • industry structures
  • crime and the legal system
  • labor unions
  • antitrust policy
  • regulation
  • public finance
  • economic development
  • pollution


Economics majors have a required concentration in either management, computer science, mathematics or statistics. You'll also take general classes, like English, math and history.

Your first two years you will be in the "lower division." Once you successfully complete the classes in the lower division and meet grade requirements, you'll be admitted to the upper division.

Upper division courses will be noticeably more demanding in the areas of economics, statistics, and business. You'll take courses in human resources, management information systems, and law. Upper division is rigorous to ensure that when you graduate you will be ready to succeed in the workplace.


A concentration is similar to a minor. You will take one required concentration, but you can add others as well and usually still graduate in four years. Students may also pair a Krannert degree with a minor from another college at Purdue. Popular minors include foreign languages, political science, psychology or organizational leadership and supervision, among others.


Economics Honors is a undergraduate program designed for high-achieving students. It frequently, although not always, appeals to students on track to become researchers and professors. You will want to talk with your advisor if you are interested.