Interdisciplinary Economics Emphasis

Economics is ONE important lens through which to understand the world and to analyze complex problems. Combining a strong economics background with a minor in a related field will give students an edge when applying for jobs.

With departmental approval, students will choose either a complementary embedded minor from a related field OR students may self-design a program of complementary coursework.


  • Complementary Embedded Minor: Complete a minor* from a related field.


  • Individually Designed Complementary Area of Study: Complete 18 units of complementary coursework with at least 9 units upper division. Students must write a brief memo that outlines how their self-designed program aligns with their personal learning and career goals.

Suggested minors include (but are not limited to):

  • Business: For students with career goals that demand specialized business training. This emphasis will appeal to someone planning to enter an MBA program.

  • International Studies: For students interested in careers in international business, policy, or advocacy.

  • Political Science: For students interested in careers in law, business, government and public affairs, advocacy and interest groups, and other nonprofits.

  • History: For students interested in careers in secondary education, law, diplomacy, and journalism.

  • Environmental: For students interested in environmental policy and analysis and careers as industry representatives, advocates, consultants, and government planners working on environmental and natural resource issues.
  • Applied Quantitative Economics: For students interested in more technically demanding careers requiring extensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, or data science. Strong preparation for doctoral program in economics, statistics, or other quantitative fields.
  • Geospatial Analysis:  For students interested in careers in sustainable economic development and spatial analysis.  For more information, see Economics and Geospatial Analysis 

* NOTE: Double majors can substitute for a minor