Program Overview

Economists use their broad understanding of business and their advanced analytical skills to interpret economic behavior and forecast political and societal trends. This versatile major makes you attractive to employers and prepares you for a successful career in banking, government, law, the insurance industry and elsewhere. 

Besides studying essential economic theories, you’ll also learn to analyze individual markets and assess the impact public policy has on the economy. We give you the quantitative reasoning and critical thinking skills you need to examine social and business problems and determine which roles government and the market should play in solving them.    

Recent economics majors have secured prominent jobs with the Federal Reserve Board, General Electric, Liberty Mutual, Oppenheimer Funds and other industrial and insurance firms.

Alumni Spotlight: James Burnham ’19

Double the experience

James Burnham ’19 approaches his career in product management at Travelers Insurance from a distinct perspective.

After graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in economics and philosophy, Burnham sees things differently — perceptively and wonderfully so.

He discovered the real-world value of critical thinking and informed analysis during a summer internship with Travelers in 2018. Burnham credits Professor Donn M. Johnson, his academic adviser and chair of economics, for helping to make the introduction to Travelers.

The rest, Burnham understood, was up to him.

James Burnham stands on a balcony looking out on the Hartford skyline.

Elevating your perspective

James Burnham enjoys the views of the greater Hartford area from the observation deck of the Traveler's Tower where he completed his internship.

“You have to challenge yourself and elevate yourself,” Burnham said. “Quinnipiac gives you the chance to do that with access to great professors, all kinds of clubs and activities, and the chance to pursue what excites you and interests you.”

Burnham said his decision to study economics and philosophy was not a coincidence.

“In the 21st century, they go hand in hand,” he said. “They give you the complementary skills to think critically and analytically.”

If Burnham needed validation his academic background was well suited for Travelers, he found it during his internship.

“The vice president of my region was an astrophysics major and a philosophy of science major in college,” Burnham said. “That was one of the moments when I realized Travelers is a company that values intellect and your capabilities as a thinker — people like me.”


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Economics Curriculum

Students majoring in economics must meet the following requirements for graduation:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Economics Core Requirements
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 211Intermediate Microeconomics3
EC 212Intermediate Macroeconomics3
EC 272Advanced Applied Statistics3
EC 365Econometrics3
EC 450Senior Seminar3
Economics Electives 312
Select four economics courses numbered 200 or higher.
Free Electives20-23
Total Credits120-126

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


Students may request permission from the economics department chair to use one non-economics course to fulfill their major requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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