The Undergraduate Program: Overview
What is Economics?
Economics is the study of human energy - how we organize our efforts to get what we want. Market exchange
plays a central role in this process, but processes of conflict and coordination that take place outside
of markets are also important. Economics contains two broad subdisciplines. Microeconomics analyzes the
individual behavior of households, business firms, and governmental entities. Macroeconomics focuses upon
aggregate economic performance of nations and their interdependencies in the global economy.
Should I study
Whether or not Economics is a wise choice of major for you depends upon your aspirations, preferences, and
abilities. Choice of a major is very personal, and only you are in a position to assess whether or not a
major in Economics is appropriate for you.
Before declaring a major in Economics, we encourage you to contrast the costs and benefits of the
alternatives available to you. Your personal interest in economics, the ease with which the demands
of the major mesh with your skills, and your long-term career goals, all affect the extent to which
this major suits you.
Requirements for the Major
Majoring in Economics allows exploration of disparate views on, and approaches to economic questions and
policies and allows a student to achieve substantial intellectual breadth while simultaneously pursuing
courses in the major.
A student who selects the collateral-field option must take 51 credits to complete the major. Of these 15
are in the collateral field, 9 are in Mathematics and Statistics, and only 27 of which are in Economics. Of these, the student is free to choose 12 elective credits from the Department's courses numbered over
For more details please see Requirements,
Upon completion of a major in Economics, most of our students embark upon administrative or managerial
careers in private business, government, or non-profit organizations.
Our Economics Department Alumni Board
is a major resource for students making
the transition from graduation to full-time employment. Members are available to meet with students in
person twice a year, and are eager to serve as mentors and advisors.
General assistance with career planning
is available through the
Campus Career Services or contact
Director for Career Planning,
E-27G Machmer Hall, 413-577-0417, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Economic Association
The American Economic
Association has developed a web site for prospective college
students and current undergraduates describing the field of
Economics. The url is:
J. Kevin Crocker
Chief Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Program Director
1034 Thompson Hall