What You’ll Study

As an Economics minor at Warren Wilson, you’ll gain analytical and quantitative skills that will get you ready to be an entrepreneur, a non-profit manager, or an executive. You’ll develop your skills in advocacy and policy formulation while thinking deeply, honing your communication skills, and getting hands-on experience to sharpen your resume.

You’ll develop strategic thinking with respect to market characteristics and public policy, and you’ll develop critical thinking on economic systems and their relationship to political and ecological realities.

Alumni Entrepreneurship

Many Warren Wilson alumni are entrepreneurs. Here are just a handful of the alumni connections between Warren Wilson and local Asheville business:

Explore Classes in This Program


Survey in Economics

Why do we have minimum wages? Is immigration harmful for American workers? Do tax cuts generate growth? This course is an introduction to the exciting field of Economics. You’ll learn supply and demand, the basics of strategic interaction, and theories of consumer behavior. In the process, you’ll explore the advantages and limitations of the methods and tools that economists use.


The Art and Science of Managing People

This course stresses how the human resource management function and its contemporary activities contribute to organizational effectiveness and the achievement of strategic organizational objectives.  It is grounded in the assumption that traditional human resource management practices need to be reconsidered in light of the transformed employment relationship of the twenty-first century.  You’ll delve into the material through experiential opportunities including role plays, simulation, exercises, and cases.


Development Economics

Today, most of the world’s population, and the world’s poor, reside in what is often called the developing world: geographic regions which exhibit, among many other characteristics, high incidences of poverty and inequality, low levels of public investment, and reliance on agriculture. In this course, you’ll learn about the primary issues of development economics and economic growth.