What do Applied and Resource Economists do?


We use economic analysis to address problems that affect people and communities. Our program will teach you to apply economic principals to questions that affect society and human behavior. You'll learn to break down complex problems into feasible components, critically evaluate data and critique information in the public sphere.  Your new skills will lead to effective communications with respect to policy processes, options and potential outcomes for social and economic problems.


    The Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics undergraduate program prepares students to think analytically about problems in the production and distribution of food products and the management of natural resources and the environment. The program is highly flexible and caters to individualized goals while the curriculum allows students to develop multiple skills and interests.


    ARE Faculty and staff are available to support students throughout the year. Prior to registering for classes each semester, students are highly encouraged to meet with their assigned advisor so we can guide our students on how they might leverage their course work and extracurricular work with their individual career goals. These meetings also help empower students with the resources and connections to seek out internship and research opportunities at UConn and within the department. Pursuing these opportunities allows students to apply the knowledge they have received from their coursework to the real world, explore areas of interest and still receive school credit for it. 


    Applied and Resource Economics majors have gone on to a variety of careers and have found meaningful, well-paying employment upon graduation. A recent survey of graduates shows an average starting salary of $60,000 and job titles ranging from Accounting and Treasury Analyst at an energy trading firm to Regional Sales Manager for a microbrewery.