The Economics major at Elmira College incorporates a rigorous curriculum, with a focus on critical thinking, problem solving and quantitative analysis.  The strengths of the program lie in our curriculum, our faculty and the high caliber of students that are attracted to the major.  This allows for student-faculty collaborations resulting in published research for undergraduates, a notable distinction for any program.

The core courses in the major ensure that students are well-grounded in the central precepts of economic theory and quantitative analysis, while advanced courses offer students a breadth of content ranging from game theory, international and development economics, and applied microeconomics. New courses being planned for the future include the Economics of Sports and Health Economics. We are one of the few programs that offer a course in Financial Econometrics which allows students to develop highly marketable skills at the undergraduate level.  This is especially beneficial for students contemplating careers in Finance.

Our faculty are experienced teachers with a strong record of scholarship.  We each possess expertise in different sub-fields of economics, allowing us to cater our offerings to our students' needs.  Many of our students combine their interests in economics with other majors and minors such as mathematics, political science, business and history. This allows them to pursue a range of options after graduating including post-graduate studies and careers in economics, law, public health, finance, industry and government.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Economics?
A major in economics is a great pre-professional degree for law school or business school.  It is also an excellent combination with majors in psychology, international studies, mathematics or political science and opens the door to graduate study or careers in a diverse range of fields.

Professional economists (those with graduate degrees) pursue careers in all sorts of avenues such as international organizations (World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations), financial institutions (commercial and investment banks, Federal Reserve System), government organizations (Department of Agriculture, Labour, Defense, Treasury, CIA) and academia.

For more information about potential career pathways in economics, view this video from the American Economic Association.