"I like the spirit here. Everyone is an entrepreneur."

Sam Fong

President of the Business Society


Major in Economics

Program Description

The Economics major is built on a foundation of strong theoretical and statistical training.  The major provides students solid grounding in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, statistical and econometric methodology, as well as applied economic analysis.  The Economics major emphasizes the role of incentives and institutions in shaping economic outcomes and how public policies influence economic performance and individual outcomes.  Special emphases in the program include labor economics, public economics, political economy, law and economics, environmental economics, empirical methods, and U.S. economic history.

In addition to having a solid understanding of economic theory, our program has a special emphasis on empirical research methods in economics.  All students engage in research (with faculty, in teams, and independently) that involves analyzing data and answering well-formulated questions related to public policies.  With these research experiences, our students are competitive for research internships, fellowships, and pre-graduate summer programs.

Students graduating with an Economics major will be well prepared for advanced study in economics, management, law, public policy, urban and regional planning, or medicine.  Career paths include business management, consulting, finance, federal, state and local government service, non-governmental organization and non-profit agency service, or community development.

Program Requirements