Majoring in Economics

Overview

As an economics major at Connecticut College, you learn to think analytically, pose and solve problems and use models to construct and test hypotheses. You are exposed to microeconomics and macroeconomics, and apply what you learn in fields from finance, labor and environmental economics to industrial organization, public finance and development. Connecticut College is one of the few liberal arts colleges of its size to offer multiple courses in econometrics and corporate finance as well as economic history and theory. We encourage interdisciplinary work. You explore how economics intersects with international relations, environmental studies, government, history and sociology and can explore feminist economics, gender and development.

Research opportunities

You will do original research and apply what you learn. Recent senior honors theses have analyzed the influence of American political philosopher John Rawls on economics, the effects of immigration on English labor markets and attitudes about money in ancient Greece and Rome. One student correlated health outcomes with R&D spending by the pharmaceutical industry in the world’s developed economies. A College-funded internship will help you focus your work. You can also pursue your interests by working as a research assistant to a professor, participating in a departmental lecture series or combining economics with one of the College’s interdisciplinary programs.

International opportunities and study abroad

You have several options for study abroad. They include the College’s own Study Away Teach Away program, which takes an entire class and one or two professors abroad for a semester. Two economics faculty regularly lead SATAs to Vietnam, giving you a unique opportunity to explore the fast-growing economy of Southeast Asia.

What can you do with a majorcertificate in Economics?

Here are some of the positions our graduates have gone on to hold:

  • Administrative Officer, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
  • Senior Assistant for Audits, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Manager of Business Development, Johnson & Johnson
  • Chief Economic Analyst, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Sales Analyst, Boston Beer Co.
  • Staff Attorney, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development
  • Math Teacher, Southern Senior High School
  • Corporate Strategy Analyst, Burt’s Bees
  • Director of Sales Planning and Analysis, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
  • Broker/ Trader, Bank of America
  • Liability Risk Manager, Charles Schwab
  • Associate Professor, University of Maryland
  • Associate Adviser, Forrester Research
  • Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Economist, Federal Communications Commission
  • Associate Vice President of Development, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
  • Group Vice President for Strategic Accounts, WebMD
  • Director of Global Systems Operations, Boston Scientific Corp.
  • Country Managing Director, Accenture Botswana

Faculty

David Chavanne, Assistant Professor of Economics David Chavanne, Assistant Professor of Economics

David Chavanne, Assistant Professor of Economics
Experimental economics • Behavioral economics • Economics and philosophy • Public choice

Terry-Ann Craigie, Lenore Tingle Howard '42 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics Terry-Ann Craigie, Lenore Tingle Howard '42 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Terry-Ann Craigie, Lenore Tingle Howard '42 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
Labor economics • Economics of the family • Applied microeconomics • Urban economics

Maria Cruz-Saco, Professor of Economics Maria Cruz-Saco, Professor of Economics

Maria Cruz-Saco, Professor of Economics
Open macro and development economics • Social protection systems in Latin America • Migration and remittances

Candace Howes, Barbara Hogate Ferrin '43 Professor of Economics, Chair of the Economics Department Candace Howes, Barbara Hogate Ferrin '43 Professor of Economics, Chair of the Economics Department

Candace Howes, Barbara Hogate Ferrin '43 Professor of Economics, Chair of the Economics Department
Labor economics • Low-wage workers • Care work • Long-term care

Rolf Jensen, Professor of Economics Rolf Jensen, Professor of Economics

Rolf Jensen, Professor of Economics  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
International political economy • International economic development • Political economy of post-war Vietnam

Monika Lopez-Anuarbe, Assistant Professor of Economics Monika Lopez-Anuarbe, Assistant Professor of Economics

Monika Lopez-Anuarbe, Assistant Professor of Economics
Health economics • Microeconomics applications • Industrial organization and game theory • Gerontology and public policy

Edward J. McKenna, Professor of Economics Edward J. McKenna, Professor of Economics

Edward J. McKenna, Professor of Economics
Macroeconomics • Econometrics

Purba Mukerji, Associate Professor of Economics Purba Mukerji, Associate Professor of Economics

Purba Mukerji, Associate Professor of Economics
International finance • International trade • Economies of developing countries

Spencer Pack, Professor of Economics Spencer Pack, Professor of Economics

Spencer Pack, Professor of Economics
Libertarian and anarchist economic thought • History of economic thought/economic history • Contemporary economic issues • Adam Smith and laissez faire economics • Marxian economics

Yong Jin Park, Associate Professor of Economics Yong Jin Park, Associate Professor of Economics

Yong Jin Park, Associate Professor of Economics  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
Applied microeconomics and behavioral economics • Banking and comparative banking systems • Social inequality and labor supply

Donald Peppard, Jr., Professor of Economics Donald Peppard, Jr., Professor of Economics

Donald Peppard, Jr., Professor of Economics
Public sector economies • The informal sector in Hanoi, Vietnam

Gerald R Visgilio, Professor Emeritus of Economics Gerald R Visgilio, Professor Emeritus of Economics

Gerald R Visgilio, Professor Emeritus of Economics
Microeconomics • Environmental and natural resource economics • An economic analysis of law

Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics

Wei Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics
Environmental economics and policy • Agricultural economics and policy • Applied econometrics

Student profile


Chelsie Bryant Chelsie Bryant

Economics/applied statistics


Q: Why economics?
A: I didn’t arrive at Conn intending to major in economics. I read the description for "Introductory Microeconomics" while registering for my first semester of classes and decided to take it. I absolutely loved what I learned and I took to the material very well. Studying economics has changed the way I think; it has forced me to develop a more analytical mindset and taught me to always ask questions.  


Q: What has been your most challenging or rewarding class?
A: In "Economic Analysis of the Law," we looked at a lot of court cases, which allowed me to apply the material we were learning to real life cases and explore the intricacies and issues involved. The ideas and concepts I encountered in this course were intellectually stimulating and they kept me thinking long after I’d left the classroom.  


Q: What are your graduate study or career plans?
A: If I had been asked about my graduate school plans a few years ago, I would’ve said I had none; I had no intention of pursuing a degree beyond a bachelor’s. But after discovering a rewarding discipline that I am so very interested in and passionate about, it is likely that I will study economics beyond Connecticut College.  

Selected courses


  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of the Family
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Introduction to Behavioral Finance
  • Advanced Econometrics
  • International Economics
  • Economic History
  • Health Economics

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