The BA in Economics is ideal for students interested in the social sciences. It allows one to take a substantial number of electives, in consultation with their advisor, in related fields such as the environment; gender, race and class studies; economic history or whatever satisfies their intellectual curiosity.
Economics is one of the fastest growing majors in America, with employment opportunities in both business, and the public sector. Economics is always listed among the most highly paid undergraduate degrees. It is also, one of the best preparations for further study. The analytical skills and method of reasoning one hones as an Economics major are essential for success in almost any kind of activity. If law school is in your future, economics majors consistently score the highest of any major on the LSAT exams. If you want to earn an MBA one day, an undergraduate economics major gives one a competitive advantage over other majors because a sizeable portion of many MBA programs’ content is based on economics.
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.
Students can expect engrossing debates in a friendly atmosphere and lively lectures by knowledgeable faculty who will challenge students to think critically, and grow academically and professionally, in order to meet the career opportunities of the 21st century.
The faculty of the department includes nationally and internationally recognized scholars, who are also engaging teachers, whether in the classroom or online. Their scholarship is evidenced by their numerous books, monographs, and articles published in journals, newspapers, and periodicals intended for general audiences. The department’s faculty members also present their research at international, national and regional conferences.
Students who choose to major or minor in any of the department’s academic disciplines have an opportunity to gain practical, resume-building experience through participation in the award-winning Model United Nations team, as well as internships in museums, historical societies, archives, government agencies, and think tanks.
Some recent student internship experiences have included:
The United Nations
The International Refugee Rights Initiative
The www.howgreenismytown.org project
The Washington Center for Academic Internships and Seminars
American Civil Liberties Union
New York Immigration Coalition
International Center for Transitional Justice
Our 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
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
Public service, nonprofit administration and work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to graduate or law school, careers in higher education, education, nonprofit organizations, law, government agencies, multi-national corporations and financial institutions.