Being able to analyse and understand economic correlations requires solid theoretical expertise. At the same time, a high level of quantitative methodological knowledge is required today, because digitisation is constantly leading to new types of data and data structures for which innovative analysis techniques, such as machine learning, are indispensable. Data analysis is crucial for evaluating the performance of economies and economic policies. In the working world, it is therefore an advantage to be able to deal with a variety of data formats and to analyse data using the best possible methods. In the Economics major, you will learn how to deal with these data, which methods you can use to analyse them in the best possible way and how to interpret them economically
Our research-oriented faculty brings the latest research into inspiring class rooms discussions. Therefore, the MiQE/F provides an excellent basis for moving on to management positions in the private sector or policy institutions as well as for highly selective Ph.D. programmes worldwide. The University of St.Gallen is ranked 8th in the current research monitoring Economics Ranking for economic research in German-speaking countries.
The Economics major offers a wide range of courses and flexibility in course selection. A good half of the ECTS credits to be completed in the VWL major can be freely chosen according to your interests. In addition to your economic expertise, you will acquire social, historical and political awareness in the context studies. Furthermore, courses on scientific work and programming as well as language courses are also offered, among others. Beyond the specialised studies, you will acquire management and communication skills.
The degree programme thus offers a holistic education with which you can shape your studies according to your interests, set your own focal points and create an individual study profile. You can find information on the curriculum here.
You also have the option of giving your degree programme an individual profile with the specialisation in Data Analytics and Data Handling. In addition to the compulsory courses from the core areas of microeconomics and macroeconomics, you have a wide freedom of choice.
You can find furthe details on the specialisations in our curriculum.
Major Economics students experience an international environment where compulsory courses can be taken in English. During your studies, you will meet and work with students and lecturers with different cultural backgrounds from all over the world. In addition to the regular exchange offers at over 200 partner universities worldwide, students in the Econmics major have the opportunity to visit countless other universities as part of an exchange semester via the Freemover Programme. The Major Economics curriculum offers optimal conditions for an exchange semester, whereby the compulsory courses must be completed at the HSG. All compulsory courses can be completed in the 3rd and 4th semester. This gives you the greatest freedom in your individual study planning.
The Major Economics provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to optimally prepare you for versatile careers. Many of our students take advantage of the opportunity to gain their first practical experience between the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes. In the form of internships, you can gain work experience and find out in which Master's degree programme you would like to specialise.
But a direct career entry is also easily possible with the Major Economics. Around 6% of our Major Economics graduates enter professional life after completing their Bachelor's degree.
The empirical and analytical skills and economic knowledge acquired in the major in economics are in great demand in various sectors: in positions of responsibility in the public sector, in international organisations, in consulting for national and international companies and, of course, directly in nationally and internationally active companies in the private sector in industry and in banking and insurance.
The Major Economics prepares you optimally for the Master's degree programme in Economics (MEcon) and the Master's degree programme in Quantitative Economics and Finance (MiQE/F) at the University of St.Gallen. You also have the option of taking up a Master's programme at another university in Switzerland or abroad. With the major in Economics and Business Administration, you will have a sound education that will best prepare you for your further studies.