From small business to Wall Street, from town hall meetings to global policy summits, the study of economics gives students the tools necessary to better understand our world. The discipline complements many other areas of study, including accounting, computer science, history, political science, law, psychology, sociology, and statistics.
The BA in Economics prepares you for public sector employment, pre-law, or graduate study in economics, especially if combined with additional coursework in mathematics. It also enables you to combine economics with a range of disciplines, from statistics to political science, language, culture, and psychology. Students will gain the knowledge essential for an in-depth understanding of complex current events and global issues that impact today’s competitive global marketplace.
Median mid-career salary for Economics majors (Source: CNBC, Sept 2018)
We offer research opportunities, specialized tracks in Chinese Economic Studies and Public Policy, and an opportunity to be a part of our winning College Fed Challenge team. The rigor of our major and minor programs gives students skills that enable them to compete successfully in an ever-changing world and job market.
Our department faculty are established leaders in their fields. Our curriculum is responsive to the marketplace, so that when you graduate, your resume will be ready and your knowledge and skills will be cutting-edge.
Chinese Economic Studies Track
The Chinese Economic Studies track offers students a rare first-hand opportunity to learn about the current political, social, and economic dynamics that are impacting the Chinese economy and U.S.-Chinese international relations.
As a result, the students will be able to better understand the challenges and opportunities that exist in China today, especially those pertaining to its business environment, financial markets and institutions, and economic development. The key component of this track is a travel course “From Wall Street to the Great Wall” which takes the students to historical and cultural sites -- the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Banking Museum and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the silk factory and the Silk Road in Suzhou. This travel course provides a real world exposure to China’s economic development.
For further information about the Chinese Economic Studies track, contact Dr. Shostya.
Public Policy Track
The objective of the Economic Policy Analysis and Public Economics track is to give students a solid background in policy development and prepare them for careers in government, politics, and public affairs at the public, private and non-profit levels. Students will learn to effectively create, analyze, evaluate and quantify economic public policy, focusing on such policy areas as urban issues, healthcare, government, law and the environment. Economic public policy analysis also prepares students to go on to graduate schools for a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Public Administration (MPA), Planning, as well as Public Policy and Law.
For further information about the Public Policy track, contact Dr. Morreale.