In economics, students study how societies produce and exchange goods and services to satisfy material needs. More broadly, the sort of behavioral modeling used by economists can be applied to a much wider range of issues than the production of goods and services, including politics and family life. Economic analysis is widely used in business and government in a variety of ways. A minor in economics will provide a student with an introduction to how economics approaches a range of social problems and how economic theory systematizes the analysis of the costs and benefits of decisions. The economics minor would be useful in a variety of careers including business, law, public policy, engineering or journalism.