Economics

Wesleyan economics graduates are in a position to apply their findings in a multitude of careers working to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems.

The economics major combines the most current economic thinking in the areas of market-based solutions, game theory, behavioral finance, free/fair international trade, the fine arts, and a conversational foreign language. Students will gain a strong foundation in writing, speaking, and quantitative reasoning, and the fine arts. Economics students will analyze the choices between regulatory versus market-based solutions to climate change; which economic policies will best alleviate poverty and reduce income inequality; the secret behind the success of micro financing; and many other ideas. Economics students develop the necessary analytical tools to understand contemporary issues and to take reasoned positions in debates about economic and social policy such as unemployment, inflation, poverty, inequality, discrimination, underdevelopment, and environmental destruction.

Major: Economics
Minor: Economics, Finance
Related Majors: Business Administration, International Business, Accounting, Advertising and Marketing Communication
Related Minors: Business, Economics
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Student Jing (Bliss) Lan stands in from of Museum of Modern Art

Jing (Bliss) Lan

Bliss '18 is a triple major in international business, business administration, and music with a double minor in French and economics. Enjoys aiding the faculty as a research assistant in the Business Department. Credits Wesleyan with helping build her, leadership skills, and confidence to acheive her goal of starting a transnational business.

Xinyi Pan in France on a busy street

XINYI PAN

Xinyi Pan is a triple major in accounting, business administration, and economics with a double minor in finance and mathematics who will graduate in 2017. Xinyi enjoyed an internship as a tax assistant in Macon-Bibb County Senior Center. After graduation she plans to pursue her master’s degree in auditing.

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Majors

Majors

Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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A global emphasis is covered in all economics courses.

Since today’s environment is a global world, the cases used in economics stress an international focus. Because of the rich diversity of our student body, students are surrounded by and appreciate different cultures and economic systems. Our full-time faculty, having lived and taught in Europe, Asia, and South America, bring a uniquely global perspective to macroeconomics, money, and banking. Study abroad semesters fit into the major’s curriculum as programs in Korea, Ireland, and Spain offer courses, which satisfy required courses in the economics major.

 

Outside The Classroom

Select juniors and seniors compete for grant funds to present their research at annual conferences. During recent years, Wesleyan students have presented at conferences in Nassau, Bahamas; Maui, Hawaii; Cancun, Mexico; and Las Vegas, Nevada. Members of Wesleyan’s economics honors society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, enjoy the option of researching topics proposed by the Association of Private Enterprise Educators.

Wesleyan Women In Economic Careers

Alumnae REGINA MARTYANOVA posing for camera surrounded by beautiful leaves.

REGINA MARTYANOVA ’15

Coming to Wesleyan from Yaroslavl, Russia, Regina self-designed her own major in mathematical economics. She had a full-time internship with Invesco, Atlanta, where she worked as an analyst for the global asset allocation team. Today she is in product management at EARNEST Partners, a company with $20 billion in assets under management.

Selfie of Alumnae CHARLINE VAN DER BEEK ’15

CHARLINE VAN DER BEEK ’15

A political science and economics double major and active member of Wesleyan’s Model UN club, Charline earned her master’s degree in European public affairs from Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She recently completed an internship with the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva.

Alumnae ANNE-KATHRIN WITT ’07 stands in front of ocean.

ANNE-KATHRIN WITT ’07

Anne-Kathrin studied chemistry and economics at Wesleyan, earned a master’s degree from the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and her MBA from Harvard. Previously a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Anne-Kathrin now works at Teva Pharmaceuticals marketing innovative products outside the U.S. and European Union.

 

ECONOMICS MAJORS ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOLS AROUND THE WORLD:

Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Iowa, University of California, Irvine, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University School of Law, Central European University School of Public Policy

Graduates of the economics program at Wesleyan are employed in the U.S. in Washington, DC,  and New York, as well as overseas with firms including Booz Allen Hamilton, Tysons Corner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, American Enterprise Institute and Corporate Executive Board, IBM, and Tesco PLC.

PROFESSIONAL OPTIONS FOR ECONOMICS MAJOR

Market Analyst

Market research analysts tap knowledge of industry trends to assess how products or services might fare under various economic conditions. They are trained to design studies and gather and analyze data.

Economic CONSULTANT

Use research skills to study economic scenarios like analyzing industry or acting as a witness in legal cases assessing economic damages, intellectual property and antitrust violations, and addressing regulatory violations.

Actuary

Actuaries apply advanced mathematical and statistical skills to determine the likelihood of insurable events like fires, deaths, illnesses, and business failures.

Credit Analyst

Conduct microeconomic analyses of clients to assess risks involved with loaning funds to business entities or individuals. They take into account economic trends and factors impacting the region, industries, and competitors of prospective clients.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts research companies, industries, stocks, bonds, and other investment vehicles for finance departments of corporations, banks, credit agencies, and private investors.

LAW

Lawyers use critical thinking and analytical skills to prepare and try their cases. Corporate law, tax law, antitrust law, personal injury, and medical malpractice involve the application of micro and macro economic analysis.

Kara Kostiuk
Asstant Professor of Accounting (478) 757-5191 Profile
Megan McMahon
Assistant Professor of Accounting (478) 757-2466 Profile
Philip Davis Taylor
Professor of Economics (478) 757-5184 Profile
Ying Zhen
Assistant Professor of Business and Economics (478) 757-3917 Profile

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Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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