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Want to study economics at a school where you won’t be just another number, where your professors will know your name? Do you want to graduate well prepared for whatever your next step might be, whether it's entering the career force or attending graduate school?

At Drake, you’ll get all that and more. You’ll get personal attention from faculty, can select from two tracks depending on your future plans, and go through a curriculum that emphasizes real-world research and in-depth business analytics, one of the most in-demand skills for today’s employers. Not to mention a plethora of opportunities for internships in Greater Des Moines, a financial and insurance hub of the U.S., and around the world.‌

What is Economics?

  • "An inquiry into the nature and causes of the wealth of nations."
    --Adam Smith (1776)
  • "A study of mankind in the ordinary business of life."
    --Alfred Marshall (1890)
  • "The social science that studies the choices that individuals, businesses, governments, and entire societies make as they cope with scarcity, the incentives that influence those choices, and the arrangements that coordinate them."
    --Robin Bade and Michael Parkin (2011)


What is special about Drake's Economics program?

  • Small classes, good teachers: Most introductory classes have 30-40 students. Most advanced classes have 15-30 students.  All instructors are regular, full-time professors with PhDs and five or more years of teaching experience.
  • Business option: If you want a career in business, you can choose Drake's BSBA degree. This degree includes introductory courses in all business subjects, so you can hit the ground running at your first job.
  • Mathematics option: If you want to go to graduate school in Economics or a related field like finance or public policy, you can choose Drake's Quantitative Economics Major. This option includes the mathematics and statistics courses that graduate schools require.
  • Research experience:  All Economics majors learn methods of data analysis and write a capstone research paper.
  • Open to all:  All Drake students can take Economics courses.  Students in any Drake college or school can add a major in Economics, a major in Quantitative Economics, or a minor in Economics.  Recent graduates have combined Economics with Actuarial Science, Finance, International Relations, Mathematics, Political Science, and even Music!