The economics major combines the most current economic thinking in the areas of market-based solutions, game theory, behavioral finance, free/fair international trade, the fine arts, and a conversational foreign language. Students will gain a strong foundation in writing, speaking, and quantitative reasoning, and the fine arts. Economics students will analyze the choices between regulatory versus market-based solutions to climate change; which economic policies will best alleviate poverty and reduce income inequality; the secret behind the success of micro financing; and many other ideas. Economics students develop the necessary analytical tools to understand contemporary issues and to take reasoned positions in debates about economic and social policy such as unemployment, inflation, poverty, inequality, discrimination, underdevelopment, and environmental destruction.
Minor: Economics, Finance
Related Majors: Business Administration, International Business, Accounting, Advertising and Marketing Communication
Related Minors: Business, Economics
Since today’s environment is a global world, the cases used in economics stress an international focus. Because of the rich diversity of our student body, students are surrounded by and appreciate different cultures and economic systems. Our full-time faculty, having lived and taught in Europe, Asia, and South America, bring a uniquely global perspective to macroeconomics, money, and banking. Study abroad semesters fit into the major’s curriculum as programs in Korea, Ireland, and Spain offer courses, which satisfy required courses in the economics major.
Select juniors and seniors compete for grant funds to present their research at annual conferences. During recent years, Wesleyan students have presented at conferences in Nassau, Bahamas; Maui, Hawaii; Cancun, Mexico; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Members of Wesleyan’s economics honors society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, enjoy the option of researching topics proposed by the Association of Private Enterprise Educators.
Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Iowa, University of California, Irvine, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University School of Law, Central European University School of Public Policy
Graduates of the economics program at Wesleyan are employed in the U.S. in Washington, DC, and New York, as well as overseas with firms including Booz Allen Hamilton, Tysons Corner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, American Enterprise Institute and Corporate Executive Board, IBM, and Tesco PLC.
Market research analysts tap knowledge of industry trends to assess how products or services might fare under various economic conditions. They are trained to design studies and gather and analyze data.
Use research skills to study economic scenarios like analyzing industry or acting as a witness in legal cases assessing economic damages, intellectual property and antitrust violations, and addressing regulatory violations.
Actuaries apply advanced mathematical and statistical skills to determine the likelihood of insurable events like fires, deaths, illnesses, and business failures.
Conduct microeconomic analyses of clients to assess risks involved with loaning funds to business entities or individuals. They take into account economic trends and factors impacting the region, industries, and competitors of prospective clients.
Financial analysts research companies, industries, stocks, bonds, and other investment vehicles for finance departments of corporations, banks, credit agencies, and private investors.
Lawyers use critical thinking and analytical skills to prepare and try their cases. Corporate law, tax law, antitrust law, personal injury, and medical malpractice involve the application of micro and macro economic analysis.
Of the student population at Wesleyan is international
Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields
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