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Economics (Daniels School of Business)

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If you enjoy math, problem solving, and the potential to make a difference, then Economics through the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is a great choice for you!

Economics is the study of the choices people make. More formally, it’s a study of the choices people make as they cope with scarcity and the incentives that influence those choices. When a company decides to hire a new employee, what characteristics determine who is the “best” to hire? If a company chooses to hire one employee and not the other, what do they gain and what do they lose? Or, when the government raises taxes on gasoline, how will that affect the amount people purchase and how will incomes for gasoline companies be affected? As an Econ major, you will learn how to navigate through a data set, extract something useful and appropriate from it, and properly interpret those results. 

Economists work for local, state, and federal government, as consultants for corporations, in the banking industry, and as analysts in the private and public sectors. Students who continue in graduate studies commonly get advanced degrees in business, law, and economics.

Meet Our Students: Marius Gouillon

portrait of Marius Gouillon

The Economics program and its adaptable courses drew Marius Gouillon to Purdue’s business school. In addition to majoring in economics, he has concentrations in international business and data analytics. Being able to tailor his classes to his goals and interests has helped him get what he needs to have a successful professional career. Through his conversations with professors, he has a better understanding of what he wants to accomplish post-college.   

Marius has had two internships as an accounting and legal intern at Cabinet Sartre and a finance internship at Faurecia, and has served as a research assistant at the business school’s Vernon Smith Experimental Economics Laboratory, where he learned about the practical applications of behavioral economics in the real world. These experiences and his professors have guided him in getting involved with his interests and thinking about his next steps.   

Plan of Study

Economics (Daniels School of Business) Webpage

Transfer to Economics (Daniels School of Business)

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Additional Requirements: Must have a grade of B or better in any college level calculus class.

Contact Information

A.J. Frigo
(765) 496-0264

Daniels School of Business

Careers in Economics (Daniels School of Business)

Job titles of recent Krannert Economics graduates:

  • Analyst for a consumer products firm
  • Strategy consultant for a planning and development services company
  • Project manager for a health care firm
  • IT analyst at a global management consulting company

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