Economics | Hastings College

Economics

Why major in Economics?

Hastings College economics alumni serve as credit analysts, staff accountants, business development managers, organizational managers and more. Others have completed Ph.D. programs in economics, MBA programs, Masters of Public Policy programs, served with the Peace Corps and earned law degrees. They work domestically and around the world for Fortune 500 companies, banking and finance institutions, insurance companies, in education and public policy think tanks.

Do challenging, valuable work

At Hastings, you’ll tailor your course load to your interests and goals, from developing a global perspective to examining current issues. In the end, your critical analysis, communication and problem-solving skills ensure you’ll be ready to:

  • Conduct research and analyze data
  • Develop economic models
  • Monitor economic trends
  • Solve complex problems
  • Understand costs and benefits across businesses or industries
  • Communicate clearly

Learn the full suite of business skills

You begin with introductory classes in specific business disciplines and move into challenging courses in economic theory — and complete assignments that put those theories to the test. You’ll work individually. You’ll work within teams. And conclude with a capstone seminar that integrates everything you’ve learned along the way.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Want to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, Economics majors serve one and sometimes two internships, including through our exclusive Talent Pool program. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. Every economics major completes a capstone project, using case studies to solve real-world challenges. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.

At every step in your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College and you won't find it anywhere else.

Add expertise to your economics degree

Many of our majors pursue additional study in these areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
  • Information systems (minor)
  • Small business entrepreneurship (minor)

Get involved beyond the business classroom

  • Professional Business Leader’s Club
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics honor society)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership honor society)

In addition to these business-related groups, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for economics majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. If you decide to pursue a business-related major, you can apply for the T-L Irrigation/Thom Business Scholarship. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics.

First employers for recent economics graduates

  • First National Bank of Omaha
  • Cabela’s
  • SM Energy
  • John Deere
  • Archway Technology Partners
  • Lutz

Driving Success

Yannic Thiel ’11 takes pleasure in his refined tastes for the simple joys in life. For him, there is great happiness to be found in a good education, competitive soccer and luxury shoes. He’s such a believer in this foundation of happiness for him... more
Hastings College junior Suzette Escamilla Morales of Hastings, Nebraska, was awarded a Boren Scholarship to study in India this academic year. more
Dr. Jamie (Volz) Wagner '10 majored in mathematics and economics and Hastings College, where the professors actually helped her get into grad school. more
Jed Cornforth '00 majored in economics and business administration and is now the Strategic Planning and Business Analysis Director of USA Football. more
Devon Wetteland, a 2015-16 Talent Pool member, decided to apply for the competitive internship program based on an article about how employers value internships. more