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Skidmore College
Economics Department

About Economics

The Economics Major: Typically, economics majors will take introductory courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics as well as calculus in their first year. They will then go on and take intermediate microeconomics and intermediate macroeconomics as well as statistical methods in their second year. At least four elective courses follow in their third and fourth years. The economics major concludes with the Senior Seminar in the spring semester of the final year.

The Economics Minor: Students first take the two introductory courses (as well as calculus), then the two intermediate courses, and finally, at least two electives.

Electives Include: 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. New courses are in the making!

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 have 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 well-paying jobs in many private industries and consulting, or in governmental or nongovernmental organizations.

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 returning from abroad, they flexibly choose their remaining electives from the set of elective courses offered at the time.

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