Economics is the study of how people and society make choices and exchange with others based on these choices. The study of economics provides insights into practical problems and solutions such as, unemployment, business cycles, inflation, business decisions and consumer choice. Economics looks at the consumer behavior, business behavior and the workings of markets. The study of economics is required for many undergraduate degrees.

Career Opportunities

    A major in economics is useful preparation for various careers because it develops analytical skills that can be used in many ways. Rising demand for economists stem from the growing complexity of the global economy, competition and increased reliance on quantitative methods for analyzing and forecasting business, sales, and other economic trends. People holding degrees in economics are increasingly recruited for positions of responsibility and authority in government, business and industry. Careers as a professional economist generally require graduate training. A greater need for economic analysis in virtually every industry should result in additional jobs for those trained in economics.


Debora Frazier

Phone: (509) 527-4689

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362

Chad Miltenberger

Phone: (509) 758-1711

Clarkston Campus 1470 Bridge Street Clarkston, WA 99403


The mission of the Social Sciences Division is to provide opportunities for students to better understand individual and group behavior, and develop skills to explore and analyze past and present society and culture.

Program Outcomes

  • The ability to analyze past and present society, diverse cultures and histories to better understand individual and group behavior and enhance self-awareness.
  • An understanding and working knowledge of the theories, concepts, ideas, terminology, and factual evidence in selected fields within the social sciences.
  • Sensitivity in understanding diverse views and perspectives.
  • An understanding of the historically and socially constructed nature of human differences.