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Explore how people and societies value, create and distribute resources

In the Department of Economics, students examine the ways institutions use and distribute resources by analyzing and explaining behaviors and interactions. Undergraduates can choose between a Bachelor of Arts degree — with a focus on analyzing economic and social questions — and a Bachelor of Science degree, which requires a math and science background. Our graduate program prepares students to undertake original research in higher education or applied research as economists at public or private organizations. The department’s award-winning faculty receive grant support from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and other leading foundations.

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5 Fulbright Scholarships since 2015  


Economics prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields. Recent alumni work in finance and banking, business, accounting, international affairs, government, consulting, and more. 

Career Paths

A degree in economics can lead to a career as a(n):

  • Financial analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Actuary 
  • Investment analyst
  • Financial manager
  • Educator
  • Business strategist 
  • Software developer
  • Public policy specialist 
  • Attorney
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Budget analyst
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Experience the global economy

Because economics is of global importance, the department offers study abroad exchange programs at six leading universities across Europe and Asia. Undergraduate students can gain first-hand insight into how diverse cultures create, protect and allocate scarce resources.

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Find Yourself in Economics

Analyze individual and institutional behaviors. Understand how resources can be allocated to enhance the public good.  


Department of Economics Stories

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An Inquisitive Mind

Hayden Goldberg, graduating with majors in political science and economics, has advised the dean of Arts & Sciences for the past three years while juggling numerous other projects. 

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Been There, Done That

Economics alumni share their career knowledge and experience with students through the department's mentorship program.

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The Fantastic Four

A violist, an economist, a poet, and a mathematician share the College of Arts & Sciences’ highest undergraduate honor, the Dean's Medal.