Meet Your Major: Economics
As an economics major, you’ll study how individuals and groups make decisions with limited resources.
Going beyond the fundamentals of business and finance, you’ll examine the forces that drive today’s complex global economy — supply and demand, profitability and employment. Through the focused curriculum, you’ll learn how markets work and deepen your understanding of how people and society operate.
What You’ll Learn
In this program, you will:
- Examine the social relationships involved in the problems of resource allocation, production, exchange and distribution.
- Understand the causes and consequences of national economic events, and how they’re influenced by economic policy.
- Explore the relationship between historical events and the development of economic theory.
- Learn how social relationships affect the allocation, production, exchange and distribution of resources.
- Develop skills in numeracy, including deriving and interpreting quantitative measurements.
Our major is designed to combine a strong theoretical understanding of economic concepts with hands-on learning. This includes opportunities to complete in-depth research through internships and directed studies programs.
A sample of our recent internships include:
- Financial Advisor Intern, Northwestern Mutual
- Financial Counseling Intern, Goldman Sachs
- Intern, Massachusetts State House
- Risk Management Intern, Enterprise Bank
- Sales and Marketing Intern, North Star Resource Group
Recent directed studies include:
- Financial analysis of the social security system
- Socioeconomic indicators of MCAS scores
- Economics of venture capital
- Urban and regional economic analysis
- “Money-Balling” hockey
- Marketing and sales analysis in information technology
Economists are trained to think analytically and critically to solve complex problems, acting as a generalist in a world of specialists. Our alumni work in finance, law, banking, data analysis, government, sales, marketing, business management and education.
Some of our graduates have worked in the following positions:
- Associate, Ropes & Gray LLC
- Consultant, Analysis Group
- Investment Bank Analyst, The Carlyle Group
- Sourcing Manager, Nike
- Tax Associate, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
What You’ll Take
Students majoring in economics are required to complete all institutional degree requirements (such as the core curriculum in liberal studies), earning a minimum of 124 credits and 2.0 GAP). For the major, students must complete the following nine courses:
|ECO 1203||Principles of Microeconomics|
|ECO 1204||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|ECO 2201||Intermediate Microeconomics|
|ECO 2202||Intermediate Macroeconomics|
You must also take five additional courses (20 credits) from among the following:
|ECO 1225(W)||Economics of Gender|
|ECO 3303||Economic Development|
|ECO 3304||Economics of Education|
|ECO 3305||Ecological Economics|
|ECO 3306||International Economics|
|ECO 3307||Labor Economics|
|ECO 3308||Managerial Economics|
|ECO 3309||Marxian Economics|
|ECO 3310||Money and Finance|
|ECO 3311||Public Finance|
|ECO 3312||The History of Economic Thought|
|ECO 3314||U.S. Economic History|
|ECO 3315||Urban and Regional Economics|
|ECO 4800||Directed Studies|
|ECO 4850||Economic Research Internship|