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Skidmore College
Economics Department

About Economics at Skidmore

Navigating the Economics Major

Typically, economics majors will take introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as calculus, in their first year. In their second year, students typically go on to take intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics, statistical methods, and perhaps a 200-level elective. At least four economics electives (at least 3 at the 300-level) are required for the major, though many students choose to take more. The economics major concludes with the Senior Seminar in the spring semester of the final year of study. The economics major at Skidmore is classified as STEM. See the economics major page for more information.

The Economics Minor is a Great Addition to Any Major

Students often add an economics minor to majors such as Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science, Psychology, and, most popular, Management and Business. Because both introductory economics courses are required for the Business major, the Economics minor is easy to add on to a Business major - requiring just 4 additional courses (+ calculus). See the economics minor page for more information.

Our Electives Reflect the Wide-Ranging Interests and Expertise of our Faculty

Students can choose from a variety of electives in topics such as Environmental and Resource Economics, Economics of Health and Healthcare, Economics of Development, Economics of European Integration, Economics of Income Distribution and Poverty, Labor Economics, Economics of Sports, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, Industrial Organization and Public Policy, Applied Econometrics, Public Finance, Monetary Theory and Policy, International Trade, International Finance, and History of Economic Thought.

In addition, "special topics" courses allow faculty to teach innovative and timely courses. 

Expand Your Economics Education through Study Abroad

Many economics majors choose to study abroad, typically during their junior year. Economics majors planning to study abroad should aim to complete the intermediate courses beforehand. Typically, economics majors will receive credit for one economics elective course per semester studied abroad. Upon their return to campus, students flexibly choose their remaining electives from the set of elective courses offered. Be sure to talk with your advisor about your wish to study abroad so they can help you plan.

Your Economics Education Doesn't Stop When You Leave the Classroom

In addition to offering a broad set of elective courses, with offerings changing every semester, there are further opportunities for exploration and engagement within the economics major, including collaborative research, independent studies, and credit-bearing internships.

Economics Majors Pursue a Wide Range of Career Opportunities

Some of our majors go on to graduate school, either in economics or other disciplines, while the majority find lucrative and rewarding jobs in private industry, consulting, or in governmental or nongovernmental organizations. Read some profiles of recent graduates and find out what our alumni are doing!

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