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At USF, we see economics as a tool for social justice. Through seminars and internships, you develop skills to tackle real-world problems ranging from poverty to gender inequality to environmental pollution. You’ll graduate prepared to use your economics training to make a positive impact in underserved communities both at home and abroad.

Here in the financial capital of the West, we offer you unique opportunities for hands-on experience in research projects and internships in the Financial District. We also offer you small classes with professors who represent a broad spectrum of economic experience, so you learn economics from every angle and gain the skills to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Why study economics?USF Tyler Marcum '17

I like looking at the laws of supply and demand to see how humans behave. I see the flow of goods and services. I see needs and wants. Demand gives producers an incentive to create. Demand can lift people out of poverty. To me, economics is a great way to quantify human progress.”

TYLER MARCUM, Economics ’19

Tyler Is a project manager at SalesForce in San Francisco.

What's it like inside a USF econ class?

Some lectures and lots of discussion. Your professor raises a topic — such as a tax bill or a potential trade war with China — and you and your classmates discuss the topic and apply economic principles to it.

What makes USF economics different?

"At USF, we look at numbers with a cold eye but we look at people with warm hearts. Take income inequality, for example. Many economists see it as a fact of life, but we don’t. Why are wealthy Americans taxed at a 15–20 percent rate for their investment income when the middle class is taxed at a 25–39 percent rate for work income? Why does Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest men, pay taxes at a lower rate than his secretary does?"
Suparna Chakraborty, Associate Professor

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