What Can I Do With This Major?


Why Study Economics?
Economics is one of the fastest growing majors in America.  According to the Wall Street Journal, it is the top major at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford and the Universities of Pennsylvania and Chicago; second at Brown, Yale and the University of California at Berkley; and third at Cornell and Dartmouth. The reasons are multiple. It is a growing field with employment opportunities in both business, and the public sector.  Economics is always in the top 5 most highly paid undergraduate degrees. It is also, one of the best preparations for further study.  The analytical skills and method of reasoning one learns as an Economics major are essential for success in almost any kind of activity.  If one is thinking of Law School, Economics majors consistently score the highest of any major on the LSAT exams.  If an MBA is your future goal, because a sizeable portion of the content of many MBA programs is based on economics, an undergraduate economics major gives one a competitive advantage over other majors.

Why study Economics at Pace? 
What distinguishes Pace Economics from other programs is the individual attention given each student and the flexibility of our various majors and concentrations. Classes are typically small usually under 25.  The faculty is not only extremely knowledgeable, but very approachable, always ready to continue discussions on current events outside of class. Advisement is a key element to our program.  As soon as a student declares their intention to major in Economics, a senior professor is assigned to act as their mentor advisor. Together, they tailor a program that best satisfies the student’s professional goals and intellectual curiosity.

If you are interested in the business world, we offer a BS in Business Economics, which combines the traditional Economics major with a sold business core in our renowned Lubin School of Business.   If you are interested in a more general social science approach to Economics we offer a BA degree offering the same economics courses as the BS but the flexibility of taking more courses outside of economics such as History, Politics, Philosophy and Environmental Studies. This gives one a more rounded education and perspective by seeing how the different disciplines; often asking the same questions about the world, approach these issues with different tools and outlooks.

If you are interested in government we offer a 5 year combined degree with a BA Economics an MPA in Public Administration. Students need not make this decision in their freshman year.  They are instead encouraged to be intellectually curious, explore options, and see where their talents can be best utilized, both for themselves and society.

Or Consider History

Is the Past in Your Future? Why Not Consider a History Major?
Anyone who watches the History Channel on cablevision is familiar with the saying “History, Made Every Day.” Given the lightning fast unfolding of events today, this is an apt phrase because current events quickly become history. To comprehend and prosper in a world in which the present becomes the past almost overnight a solid grounding in history proves very useful.

Quite aside from learning about past events and the people who shaped them, the study of history equips students with research, analytical and communications skills essential for success in business and the professions. Whether one is considering a career in Law, Education, the Diplomatic Service, Public Administration or Business, an undergraduate degree in History sets the individual apart.

On the Pleasantville campus of Pace University, students who are contemplating History as a major or minor are paired with a faculty member who will assist them in exploring a variety of career opportunities, as well as programs designed to prepare students for multiple careers. These include:

  • The 3-3 law program with the Pace University School of Law: This program enables well qualified students to earn both the B.A. and J.D. in six years.
  • The combined B.A./M.P.A. (Bachelor of Arts/Masters in Public Administration), which prepares students for managerial careers in government, health care administration, environmental management and non-for-profit administration
  • The B.A./MST (Bachelor of Arts, History/Master of Science in Teaching), which prepares students for careers as Social Studies educators

In addition to these combined programs, students can work with their advisers to pair the History major with minors in such fields as:

  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Add other minors

History Internships Opportunities:

For three decades students majoring or minoring in History on the Pleasantville campus have been afforded an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in Public and Applied History through internships at museums, historical societies, and archives.

The Rockefeller Archive Center (RAC) is four miles from the Pleasantville campus and highly qualified students have had semester long internships there. In several instances these internships have led to paid summer positions. One student secured a permanent position on the RAC staff upon completing baccalaureate studies in History.

In recent years the Ossining Historical Society, which has a sizable collection of material cultural artifacts illustrating the history of the lower Hudson Valley and a vast archive, which includes original nineteenth century Westchester County newspapers has been the venue for internships. A Pforzheimer Honors College student interning in Ossining during the 2010-2011 academic year made a significant contribution to the historical society by utilizing her computer expertise to create digital records of numerous items in the society’s archives. The intern also undertook some curatorial work and utilized her public relations skills to ensure the success of the society’s major fundraising activity. In addition to internships at historical societies and museums, students majoring or minoring in History have been placed in a variety of government agencies. Undergraduates aspiring to careers in law have, on occasion, obtained internships in local and county courts.

Credit bearing internships are available to provide students with real life experience in one or more of their selected fields. Study abroad opportunities of varying lengths constitute another option. These resume building experiences, as well as membership in Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in History, help set a student apart when it’s time to apply to graduate or professional schools or to seek a full-time position immediately following receipt of the B.A. Whether a student comes in as a freshman or transfers from another institution of higher education, his or her program will be customized in order to ensure the desired outcome in terms of career goals. A faculty adviser/mentor will guide the student and act as the interface between the student and other units of the university, including Career Services. In the final analysis, students majoring or minoring in History become integral parts of the Department of Economics, History and Political Science on the Pleasantville campus with access to all of the department’s resources.

Or Consider Political Science

Degrees Offered:

  • BA Political Science
  • The 3-3 law program with the Pace University School of Law: This program enables well qualified students to earn both the B.A. and J.D. in six years.
  • The combined B.A./M.P.A. (Bachelor of Arts/Masters in Public Administration), which prepares students for managerial careers in government, health care administration, environmental management and non-for-profit administration

Political Science/Public Administration- Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration
A Political Science major allows you to learn about those matters which are on the forefront of the news today, and which are affecting your everyday lives. Political science studies the world of politics and policies which have affected, and are currently affecting, your life and the state of the world.

What is Political Science?
Political science is the systematic study of power at local, national, and global levels. This diverse academic discipline focuses on a wide range of issues and concepts, such as conflict, justice, rights, distribution of power, voter choice, political campaigns, political leadership, social movements, how political institutions function, decision-making within governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and ways to understand and approach major challenges such as racial injustice, gender violence, war and conflict, poverty and inequality, the climate crisis, ideological conflicts (religious, political parties, nationalist, etc.), democratization, and globalization.

Why Political Science?
At Pace University, the mission of the department is to:

  • provide students political literacy, or the critical thinking skills necessary to understand how power works at various levels of government and society, to identify the major challenges in our world, and to evaluate different perspectives on issues affecting our lives
  • empower students through multiple civic education opportunities to become active participants in shaping the world.

The primary goal this field of study is to develop students’ knowledge and competencies so that they can become more effective citizens and leaders in the world, helping to solve some of the critical problems facing the world today, both locally and globally.

Model United Nations
The Model United Nations is an internationally recognized competitive team of students dedicated to learning about how to create peace, justice, and security in the world. Model United Nations is a class and club designed to simulate the United Nations. Students take on the roles of countries, observers, and nongovernmental organizations in various United Nations committees in order to debate the most important issues in the world and to learn the skills of diplomacy, consensus-building, policy analysis, and policy writing.

What Can I Do With This Major?
Our Political Science graduates have gone on to have successful careers in fields including, but not limited to:

  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Advanced education in government and public administration
  • Political campaigns
  • Public and private interest groups
  • Foundations and intellectual or benevolent institutions
  • Careers in business, especially with corporations that do business internationally
  • Law enforcement agencies and other criminal justice organizations
  • Military service
  • Law school
  • Public service, nonprofit administration and work with Nongovernmental Organizations (NGO’s)