What is Applied and Resource Economics?

Why is Applied and Resource Economics right for you?

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 interests while the curriculum allows students to develop multiple skills and interests from the major areas of study and concentrations offered.


  • Marketing and Business Management
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • International Development


  • Marketing and Business Management
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Equine Business Management


The option to concentrate in three diverse areas allows students to begin specialization in the broad subject of Applied and Resource Economics, which can put them at an advantage when entering the workplace. Unlike other departments, students in Applied and Resource Economics are required to have meetings with their assigned advisors before registering for classes each semester. These meetings guide our students on how they might leverage their course work and extracurricular work with their individual career goals. These required meetings help empower students with the resources and connections to seek out internship and research opportunities at UConn and within the department. Pursuing these opportunities are highly suggested, students are offered the opportunity to receive credit for approved internships and independent projects. This allows students to apply the knowledge they have received from their coursework to the real world and still receive school credit for it, which is unique to the ARE department and is a great way for students to explore and elaborate within the field they are most interested in applying their Applied and Resource Economics skillsets to.

Applied 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 $58,000 and job titles ranging from Accounting and Treasury Analyst at an energy trading firm to Regional Sales Manager for a microbrewery.


What are your career goals?

Have you thought about running your own business or working in marketing, insurance, or finance?

A concentration in Marketing and Business Management might be right for you.

Are you concerned about the environment or interested in legislation and policy relating to natural resources?

If so, concentrate your coursework in Environmental Economics and Policy.

Interested in addressing problems of world hunger and poverty?

Consider concentrating in International Development.