Undergraduate Program Introduction

The study of economics explains how people make choices and helps us understand societal and global issues. Economic decisions have an enormous influence on society and the character of our lives. Problems such as health-care reform, the debate on public vs. private schooling, foreign aid, the national debt, and a host of other current issues can be illuminated by an understanding of economics.

Students are encouraged to take a wide range of economics courses, study abroad, participate in research, and take advantage of the many opportunities Santa Barbara has to offer.

A degree in Economics can lead to a wide range of careers.  Please watch the video "A career in Economics . . . it's much more than you think" presented by the American Economic Association.

The video features four individuals offering insights on how economics can be a tool for solving very human problems and they provide some interesting perspectives on how they chose economics as a career path.