The major in economics exposes a student to the economist’s way of thinking about social problems and behavior. The major helps a student understand the economic aspects of current events and public policy and it is a good preparation for careers in public policy, law and business. The BA major, which also provides the essential background for study of economics, is designed for those who are planning for careers in economics, among other Liberal Arts fields, as well as professional careers. The BBA major is offered to students who want to acquire a general business background in addition to specialized exposure to economics.
Degrees and Programs of Study
Economics Major in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
The BA major, which also provides the essential background for study of Economics at the graduate level, is designed for those who are planning for careers in Economics, among other Liberal Arts fields, as well as professional careers in law and medicine.
Mathematical Economics Major (offered in both CLA and the College of Science and Technology-CST)
The Departments of Economics and Mathematics offer the interdisciplinary Mathematical Economics program as a platform for systematic concentration in the mathematical approach to economics. Economics has progressed in the last several decades by making extensive use of mathematical techniques. As a result, students who wish to pursue graduate study in economics, finance, accounting and other disciplines that make an extensive use of economics need a thorough grounding in both economics and mathematics. The Mathematical Economics curriculum provides this grounding with a broad selection of courses that cover all important areas of economics and the mathematical tools required for a critical, deep mastery of these areas. This program is especially recommended for those students who intend to pursue graduate studies in Economics.
Economics Major in the Fox School of Business (Fox)
The BBA major is offered to students who want to acquire a general business background in addition to specialized exposure to Economics. The grid for a three-year BBA can be found here.
BA/MA 4+1 Program in Economics
The Economics Department’s 4+1 program allows talented, motivated students to pursue an MA degree during their Junior and Senior years and to complete the degree with just one additional year of study. This program is ideal for students with strong Econ and Math backgrounds to hone their skills before applying to a top-tier Ph.D. program or applying for jobs requiring advanced economic skills.
To learn more about this accelerated degree offering, please visit the Economics Accelerated Degree Admissions page to learn more about graduate program requirements, dates and deadlines and instructions on how to apply!
Economics Minor in CLA
The CLA minor is designed for students majoring in other subjects who want more exposure to Economics than would be covered in the two introductory Economics courses.
Economics Minor in Business (Fox)
The Fox minor is designed for students who are interested in Economics, but majoring in another CLA field, and want a basic business education as a preparation for pursuing a business career or getting an MBA.
- The Management Career Certificate is designed for students who do not wish to pursue an Economics or Fox major or minor, but want some recognition for having taken courses that are a useful basis for preparing for a career in business or the non-profit sector
- The Political Economy Certificate is designed for CLA students who want recognition for having been exposed to the two related fields of Economics and Political Science. It is particularly useful for students planning a career in law, public policy, or international affairs.
The Economics Department offers honors versions of two introductory economics courses: Economics 1901, Honors Macroeconomic Principles, and 1902, Honors Microeconomic Principles.
For links to the Undergraduate Bulletin descriptions of the requirements for the described programs, see the Program course requirement links under Curriculum Program Course Requirements below.
In addition to completing general University and College or School requirements for graduation, students must fulfill the specific program requirements
- Economics Major in CLA
- Mathematical Economics Major
- Economics Major in The Fox School of Business
- Economics Minor (CLA)
- Economics Minor in Business (Fox)
For course descriptions for the program course requirements listed above, see the Economics and Mathematics Courses under University Course Descriptions.
Frequently, there are specialized or topical courses offered at the undergraduate level. Information on these can be found each semester in the University Course Schedule under the courses: Economics 3580 and 3680, Special Topics.
Individuals with a degree in Economics enter careers/graduate programs in many areas. Economics is a good preparation for careers in public policy, law and business. The BA major, which also provides the essential background for study of Economics, is designed for those who are planning for careers in Economics, among other Liberal Arts fields, as well as professional careers. The BBA major is offered to students who want to acquire a general business background in addition to specialized exposure to Economics. Learn more about careers in economics.
What a few of our recent alumni are doing:
- Sierra Hall (2017) University of Pittsburgh, PhD program full fellowship and Schlesinger fellowship for most promising new graduate student
- Katy Ascanio (2015) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, PhD program in Public Policy Royster fellowship at UNC
- Adam Naughton (2014) Temple University School of Law, JD program
- Kevin Kuroc (2014) University of Texas – Austin, Economics PhD program (full fellowship)
- Thomas Kelly (2014) Rutgers University Law School, JD program
- Kristopher Cramer (2014) Drexel University, Economics MS program
- Daniel Dench (2012) City University of New York, Economics PhD program (full fellowship)
- Daniel Boches (2014) University of New Hampshire, Sociology PhD program (full fellowship)
- James Lafferty (2014) Temple University School of Law, JD program
- Matthew Walsh (2017) Moody’s Analytics, West Chester PA, Associate Economist
- Melissa Hall (2017) Vanguard, Processing Associate
- Tessa McMinn (2016) JP Morgan Chase, Corporate Analyst
- Rachel Snyder (2013 Management Consulting Senior Analyst at Accenture Federal Services
- Anthony DeFusco (2009) Assistant Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
- Aaron Sarkar (2014) The Vanguard Group, Client Relationship Specialist
- Dylan Garvey (2014) JP Morgan, Settlement Specialist
- James Park (2009) Ernst & Young, Advisory Senior Consultant
- Timothy Cornish (2014) Marsh & McLennan, Marsh TRAC Management Trainee
- Nicholas Hakun (2014) Teach for America
Economics Majors have access to internship opportunities through the Economics student organization, The Economics Society (TES). Information on TES is available on their website. Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduating seniors majoring in Economics (CLA or Fox) or Mathematical Economics (CLA or CST) are eligible to be considered for the Sun Award in Economics for outstanding achievements as an undergraduate economics major. For more details, contact the Economic Faculty Advisor.
- Changing your major: Contact CLA Advising for the CLA and CST majors and Fox Advising for the FSBM major
- Graduation Application process: Contact CLA Advising for the CLA and CST majors and Fox Advising for the FSBM major
- Financing your Education: Contact Student Financial Services
- Policies: Information on University policies for undergraduates is available at Undergraduate Policies.