Did You Know That...

  • Economics is a science with excellent tools for gaining answers to a plethora of interesting questions?
  • Economics is seen as the ideal blend of intellectual prestige (it does offer a Nobel, after all) and practical training for a high-flying finance career?
  • John Maynard Keynes's only regret in life was not having drunk more champagne?
  • What do Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert), George Bush, Sandra Day-O'Connor, John Elway, Mick Jagger, and Arnold Schwartzenegger have in common? They all hold undergraduate degrees in economics!  (Thanks to Tom DiBattista for this information.)


Introductory courses give students an appreciation of the way economists view the world and some acquaintance with the economist's techniques for analyzing problems. This department strives to produce persons who will be informed, valuable participants in the public and private decision-making.

The Department offers a sufficient range of upper division courses so that students might select a set that matches individual interests and provides an appropriate preparation for individual careers. Upper level courses are small, generally composed of 10-15 students.

The major offers much flexibility in course selection, which leaves the student with opportunities to pursue other, perhaps related, interests in other departments. Many majors minor in other fields, with Math and Politics being among the most popular. Majors are required to take, in addition to the Introductory courses (ECN 101 and 102), ECN 301 (Microeconomics Theory), ECN 302 (Macroeconomics Theory) and ECN 410 (Econometrics), and any five other upper division economics courses.

Department advisors will help students select the best assortment of courses for those going into graduate training in economics and business, to law school, and for those going into employment in business, government or international organization.

Department Events and Notices

President of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to address students

The Department of Economics will host Dr. Patrick Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17 in the Mandeville Teletorium from 11-12. His talk, “The Economics of Equitable Education:  How today’s loans, access, and training affect tomorrow’s economy” is a very timely topic in today’s society.    

Senior Send-Off

On April 25, from 4-6 p.m., the Department of Economics will honor the graduating class of Economics majors at Landmark Americana on 54th Street.  All majors/minors/double majors as well as alumni are welcomed to attend.

Distinguished Lecture Series – 2018

On Tuesday, April 17 Dr. Patrick Harker, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will be the guest speaker in the Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the Department of Economics.  The event will take place at 11 a.m. in the Teletorium in Mandeville Hall.