Economics is the study of the choices we make in our daily lives, both as individuals and as communities. It considers the impact of small and large resource decisions on the individual, on society, and on the natural world. Because many of these decisions are made in the marketplace, an understanding of Economics is essential for those pursuing a career in any aspect of business. Likewise, those preparing for professional work in politics and law should have knowledge of economic fundamentals, as government decision-makers continue to play a key role throughout the global economy. The Economics curriculum is designed to give the first formal training in Economics to those students who would become professional economists and to those who seek knowledge of Economics as part of their training for other professions such as law, banking, government, or industry.
Students desiring to pursue graduate studies in Economics are advised to take appropriate courses in the Department of Mathematics.
The minor can be useful for a variety of students. For humanities and social science majors, Economics can provide a quantitative and analytical background and a familiarity with economic ways of thinking. A minor in Economics contains some of the prerequisites for several graduate degrees and is especially helpful in the pursuit of an MBA and in many areas of law.
In conjunction with the Political Science Department, a minor in Political Economy is also offered.
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
- In conjunction with the Political Science Department, a minor in Political Economy is also offered.
The economics curriculum facilitates the pursuit of a double major in a variety of disciplines, including political science, environmental studies, international business, and finance. Local businesses, banks, and agencies (such as the Commission on Economic Opportunity, Pennsylvania Economy League and NEPA Alliance) offer opportunities for internships. Students may also pursue out-of-town and international internships. Faculty members will work with seniors on independent studies to pursue the students’ specific interests. Economics majors are also encouraged to study abroad.