Economics Major

The objective of the major in Economics is to develop a general knowledge of how economies function to allocate scarce resources. By applying economic theories of decision-making and coordination to public policy issues, majors will gain an understanding of the operation of the United States and other economies and of their interactions. Specialization in economics is valuable to students who intend to enter business or government service. For many positions with federal or state governments, training in economics or related social sciences is required. Moreover, undergraduate specialization in economics is the first step for students who wish to make a career of college teaching of economics or who wish to secure positions as professional economists with business or government. To hold such positions, graduate study of economics is usually required.

The Economics major also hopes to shape effective citizens by promoting knowledge of structures and processes central to democratic society in a global age and by addressing issues of economic inequality and social injustice. This goal contributes to the college’s commitment to the liberal arts, and it reinforces the college’s anti-racism agenda and its efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Key Documents and Links

Course of Study and Major Declaration

Review the 2021 Economics Major Requirements for a full picture of the course of study.

Visit the Econ Major Course Catalog  for a list of all courses that count toward the major.

To declare your major, visit the Registrar's Office or complete the Major Declaration Form online.

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