Majoring in Economics

Economics Certificate

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, Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Math Teacher, Southern Senior High School
  • Attorney
  • 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  (On sabbatical Fall 2014)
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 of Economics Gerald R Visgilio, Professor of Economics

Gerald R Visgilio, Professor 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


Tenzin Palmo Tenzin Palmo

Economics


Q: Why economics?
A: Practically speaking, economics is useful in private, public and non-profit sectors. I also enjoyed the interdisciplinary approach. I have taken classes in international political economy, behavioral economics and globalization.


Q: What has been your most challenging or rewarding class?
A: "Markets and Institutions" with Professor Park. He challenged us not only to learn the concepts and equations, but also apply them to real-life situations. He reminded us that business problems are not neat mathematical equations. We have to be creative to find solutions using the theories.


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Vietnam through the Study Away Teach Away program. Studying abroad was the best decision I could have made. It taught me to go outside of my comfort zone, and in the process I learned a lot about myself.

Selected courses


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

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Student research


Foreign Direct Investment and Total Factor Productivity in the Mining Sector: the Case of Chile
By: Prince Stanislas Ilboudo '14
Advising Faculty: Maria Cruz-Saco

The Liberalization of Rail Transport in the European Union
By: Vinh Pham '13
Advising Faculty: N/A

Keys to Maximizing ESOP Potential: A Study on Determinants of a Strong ESOP
By: Christopher King '13
Advising Faculty: N/A

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