The economics minor 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.
Related Majors: Business Administration, International Business, Accounting, Advertising and Marketing Communication
Related Minors: Business, Economics, Finance
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.
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.
Of the student population at Wesleyan is international
Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees
Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields
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