Economics

Offered as: major | minor

Economics is the science of decision-making. Economists identify and analyze the costs and benefits of financial and social decisions.

As an economics major at UMass Dartmouth, you'll learn how to:

  • advise businesses and government on economic issues
  • collect and analyze data
  • interpret and forecast market trends
  • research economic issues and design policies to solve them

Skills in cost-benefit analysis, the core of an economist's training, are widely applicable to and highly valued in current job markets.

Economists pursue careers in business, economic journalism, finance, government, insurance, management, public policy and real estate. Your studies will also prepare you for graduate study in areas such as accounting, business and law.

Special opportunities

  • Experience: Join faculty in their research or explore an internship
  • Community: Get involved by joining the Economics Association and our chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Economics Honors Society
  • Network: Attend the department's seminar series, which features speakers from industry and visiting faculty

Economics Major

Our curriculum provides a sound theoretical foundation in economic theory and economic statistics by focusing on a variety of applied fields, which emphasize international, national, and regional economic problems, issues, and policies.

You'll gain the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in business and government. You'll also develop quantitative skills as you learn graphical and mathematical analysis.

You'll complete 36 credits in courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.

Minor in economics

Develop the critical thinking and analytical skills employers are looking for by minoring in economics.

For the minor, you'll complete 18 credit hours.

Broaden your career opportunities with graduate studies

3+3 Law degree: If you are thinking about law school, consider UMass Law's accelerated program. Your first year at UMass Law counts as your senior year at UMass Dartmouth.

BA/Master's in Public Policy: The BA/MPP accelerated program offers exceptional students the opportunity to complete degrees in both the bachelor of arts and the master of public policy in an accelerated 5-year program.

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Career placements

  • Allstate
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • EMC
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Medical Bureau of Economics
  • Microsoft
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • The Princeton Review
  • State Street
  • TIAA-CREF

Sample graduate schools

  • Harvard Medical School
  • UMass Dartmouth
  • University of New Mexico

Contact

Robert T. Jones
Chair, Department of Economics
Liberal Arts Building, Room 376
508.910.6607
rjones@umassd.edu

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