The economics major at Purchase College is designed to give students a rigorous understanding of economic theory and its historical development, the ability to apply the theory to important real-world problems, and the analytical skills to succeed in a highly competitive economy.
The economics faculty has an unusual breadth of teaching, research, and policy perspectives rarely found in liberal arts colleges. This provides students with an exposure to contemporary Austrian, behavioral, Keynesian, and neoclassical theoretical approaches, and to a wide range of policy issues concerning race, gender, the role of government, economics and the arts, behavioral economics, and international issues (e.g., U.S. trade policy and development in the Third World). These may be studied in regular courses and in tutorials and independent studies. In every case, the faculty is dedicated to developing each student’s ability to think critically, write clearly, and conduct research.
Students majoring in economics are also encouraged to pursue internships and study abroad programs during their four years at Purchase.
Many of our alumni pursue graduate training in economics, public policy, business or law; others want a broad-based liberal arts education in economics, but do not pursue advanced work after graduation. Alumni of the economics program have gone on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including finance, journalism, the arts, education, government, law, and entrepreneurship.
Requirements for the Major
Representative Elective Courses
Arts and Entertainment in Economics
Business, Government, and Society
Cities, Culture, and the Economy
Economies of Latin America
Money and Banking
The Global Economy
For more information, please visit the economics program site.
Updated May 18, 2012
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