It’s an exciting time to study economics. The 21st century has given rise to some of the most turbulent times in financial history worldwide, and you’ll be challenged to ask key questions—and find research-based solutions—to the contemporary set of problems facing our world:

  • Slow economic growth and persistent high levels of unemployment in many advanced countries.
  • Rising income inequality
  • Climate change and its impact on the global economy
  • Rising health care costs
  • Immigration
  • Government deficits and debt level
  • Global financial instability and currency crises
  • Oil price volatility

The Economics Department offers degrees in Economics or International Economics. Each is designed to prepare students for careers that require strong analytical, quantitative, critical thinking, and communication skills. These include positions in financial institutions, corporations, government agencies, and international organizations. The degrees also prepare for students for graduate studies.

Sawyer Business School offers a degree in Business Economics which combines the strengths of the Economics major with a business core.