Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses, and governments allocate resources to satisfy their objectives. The study of economics helps students understand markets, firms, financial organizations, and public debate about economic policy, including taxation, government expenditure, trade, globalization, health, and welfare. The concentration in Economics prepares students for graduate study in fields such as business and law, for graduate study leading to teaching and research in economics, and can be a steppingstone to employment in business, finance, non-profit, and government organizations. Students may choose either the standard or the professional track. 

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Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Learn principles of decision-making by individuals, households, and firms
  • Analyze economic activity on a national and global scale, including aspects ofemployment, production of goods and services, and pricing
  • Gain familiarity with one or more economic subfields
  • Acquire advanced skills in quantitative thinking
  • Develop facility in applying statistical methods to economic data


Click here for a list of the Economics concentration requirements. Students who wish to declare the Economics concentration must FIRST meet with a concentration advisor during their office hours. Advisors will not contact students and will not approve concentration declarations until they have met with the student.

Honors and Capstones

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Students may be eligible for honors if they maintain 3.7 GPA for Economics courses and a 3.5 GPA overall, and write an honors thesis in senior year following the procedures specified by the concentration. Interested students should email the honors application form to Angelica Spertini, Academic Programs Manager, in their junior year and meet the requirements listed in the Economics department's website.


  • Professional

Liberal Learning

This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:

  • Engage with your community
  • Experience scientific inquiry

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Graduating Class

Year Total Capstone Honors
2014194 26 
2016150 16 

Alumni Pathways

Alumni who pursued the Economics concentration have gone to work as financial advisors and attorneys and are chief executive officers and chief operating officers in a variety of industries. Others have pursued careers in public health, landscape architecture, and the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Dept. Undergraduate Group

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Student Leaders:

  • Gianna Jasinski
  • James Hollier

If you are an advisor and would like to make changes to the information on this page, contact, or email Dean Besenia Rodriguez.