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.
“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
Students majoring in economics must meet the following requirements for graduation:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|Economics Core Requirements|
|EC 111||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|EC 112||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|EC 211||Intermediate Microeconomics||3|
|EC 212||Intermediate Macroeconomics||3|
|EC 272||Advanced Applied Statistics||3|
|EC 450||Senior Seminar||3|
|Economics Electives 3||12|
|Select four economics courses numbered 200 or higher.|
All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements
Students must complete the College of 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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