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