By the Numbers
Predict, understand and solve complex economic issues
Economists help businesses, nonprofits and government agencies make critical decisions that affect their well-being, bottom line and future development. The ability to perform economic analysis is part of a valuable skillset that lets you influence the world in the ways you find most important. Whether it is improving policy to tackle climate change or improving a business’s performance in the market, an economics major prepares you to have a meaningful impact on the world.
You’ll also learn to analyze individual markets and assess the impact public policy has on the economy. We teach you the quantitative reasoning and critical thinking skills you need to examine social and business problems and determine which roles government and markets should play in solving them.
With freedom to choose many of your courses, the economics major gives you the flexibility for opportunities such as studying away, completing an internship, and even double majoring in another area of study. You are also able to participate in a number of dual-degree and accelerated programs, combining the BS in Economics with a JD, MBA, MS in Accounting or MS in Journalism, to name a few. Opportunities abound during your time at Quinnipiac.
You'll have access to a wide array of opportunities and resources, including fellowships, research, clubs and more.
CEI Policy Fellows
The QU Central European Institute (CEI) builds bridges between the United States and nations of central Europe by fostering relationships in three main areas – academics, business, and culture. Economics majors interested in domestic and international policy have the opportunity to work with the CEI on policy research for think tanks, NGOs and governmental agencies in the U.S., Hungary and Poland. Opportunities range from pure research to studying and interning in D.C., Hungary or Poland.
Our students are integral to on-campus research internships, travel to NYC and D.C. to meet policy makers, travel to Hungary’s Central Bank and School of Economics, intern at Hungary’s Central Bank, and intern in the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office for Strategy.
QU Economics Research Team
The team is responsible for the core analysis done on key macroeconomic variables in the economies of Central Europe, releasing weekly reports and analyzing exchange rate and interest rate trends. The team’s work is conducted under the guidance of Associate Economics Professor and Istvan Szechenyi Chair in International Economics, Christopher Ball.Learn more about INVESTCEE
Preparation for a variety of careers
A bachelor’s degree in economics can prepare you for a wide range of careers from business to government, nonprofits, law, teaching and political campaigns.
Here are some examples of the first jobs held by our very recent graduates:
- Account Executive
- Actuarial Assistant
- Assistant Brand Strategist
- Associate Life Event Specialist
- Business Consultant
- Claims Representative
- Data Analyst
- Financial Advisor
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Manager
- Financial Services Sales Agent
- Insurance Agent
- Insurance Underwriter
- Investment Advisor
- Legislative Aide
- Loss Prevention Detective
- Market Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
- Marketing Associate
- Mortgage Loan Originator
- Operations Analyst
- Personal Financial Advisor
- Pricing Analyst
- Prime Brokerage Analyst
- Product Director
- Real Estate Agent
- Real Estate Analyst
- Senior Media Analyst
- Senior Territory Planning Analyst
Preparation for graduate work
Many of our graduates choose to continue their academics by pursuing law degrees, MBAs, PhDs or master’s degrees in analytics, math or teaching.
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.
“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 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 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.
Additional course details
Explore descriptions, schedule and instructor information in the Course Catalog.