Majoring in Economics
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.
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:
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.
- Economic Development
- Environmental Economics
- Economics of the Family
- Economic History
- Financial and Behavioral Finance
- Health Economics
- International Economics
- Urban and Regional Economics
- Advanced Econometrics