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.

Student Spotlight: James Burnham ’19

Double the experience for James Burnham ’19

James Burnham ’19, a double major in economics and philosophy, spent last summer working as an intern at Travelers Insurance.

This summer, after graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences, Burnham will return to the Hartford-based insurance giant to begin his career in product management.

Burnham credits his education and his extracurricular leadership opportunities at Quinnipiac for setting the stage for a job offer.

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 last summer.

“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 where I realized this is a company that values intellect and your capabilities as a thinker — people like me.”

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Economics Curriculum

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts Track requirements, students majoring in Economics must meet the following requirements for graduation:

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 Electives12
Select four economics courses numbered 200 or higher.
Total Credits33

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