Graduate School in Related Disciplines
Another career path for those with undergraduate Economics degrees is a professional career in Law, Business, Public Policy and Administration, International Affairs, or even Medicine. Many professional degree programs now have very general admissions requirements, stressing academic excellence and aptitude rather than an elaborate set of undergraduate courses or specific curriculum as prerequisites.
The fields of Law and Economics are becoming increasingly interrelated as more of the private sector comes under the influence of public regulation and public sector intervention. Courts have turned increasingly to economic reasoning to resolve a variety of issues involving contracts, negligence, efficiency in the criminal justice system, and such areas of public regulation as land use control, anti-trust, and securities transactions. See the Law School Admission Council's website for information on preparing to apply to law school, how to choose which schools to apply, and other choices you will face if you take this path. You should also visit the Pre-Law Advising Office on campus for more guidance.
The interface of Economics and business management is well-known. Many of the very best universities (for example, Harvard, Yale and Stanford) consider an economics major as excellent preparation for an MBA and do NOT offer undergraduate business programs. Various websites offer advice on choosing and applying to MBA programs; here are a few possibilities you might find useful:
Economics is often a core component of graduate programs in public policy and/or public administration. See the link to "Degrees" at www.publicservicecareers.org for lots of detailed information on this possible path for Economics majors.
Interested in graduate study in international relations and foreign policy? Check out www.apsia.org/apsia/index.php