Economics is a discipline that encompasses a breadth of policy-related topics, from energy and the environment to poverty and welfare. The department’s forward-thinking approach encourages its students to evaluate current policy by actively questioning mainstream thinking.

Economics majors and minors receive a broad education in economic theory and analytic methods enabling them to understand, analyze, research and evaluate economic phenomena, processes and issues. This creates a sound foundation for the further critical study of economic matters necessary to be active citizens and successful professionals.

Student Profile: Mike Goulart '20

Mike Goulart '20

Economics and International Relations Double Major

“I believe the professors in the Economics Department at HWS go a long way to ensure students develop a passion and interest in the field the way I did. The professors have helped me not only question them but learn how to question the entire discipline while finding my niche within Economics.”

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Meet Our Faculty

The Economics faculty have scholarly interests as diverse as the subject itself. From feminist economics to nuclear power economics and policy, from organizational architecture to South Asian Security Issues, at HWS you will gain exciting new knowledge from experts in the discipline. Scroll below to meet our team of innovators, scholars and above all, dedicated teachers. Meet the entire department >

Economics News

Yellen Named Treasury Secretary in Biden Cabinet

Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Janet Yellen, the 15th Chair of the Federal Reserve, receives the Blackwell Award.This week, President-Elect Joe Biden announced that he will nominate Janet Yellen, former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and recipient of the 2015 Elizabeth…

Rudolph ’21 Accepts Position at Goldman Sachs

Thu, 12 Nov 2020

Randolph ZachEconomics major Zachary Rudolph ’21 has received a post-graduate job offer from Goldman Sachs after interning with Ayco, a Goldman Sachs company, over the summer. Starting in June, Rudolph will…

HWS Hosts “Pillars of Wall Street” Training Sessions

Thu, 12 Nov 2020

Wall StreetAre you interested in a career in finance or business? Are you an entrepreneur? Do you enjoy analyzing data and thinking through complex problems? The Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education is…

Vietor ’22 Secures Position at Wells Fargo

Tue, 06 Oct 2020

Vietor Gretchen 1Next summer, economics major and political science and biology minor Gretchen Vietor ’22 will join Wells Fargo as a corporate and investment banking analyst. Vietor recently completed the 2020 Wells Fargo Diversity…

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The Economics of Caring
There is more to economics than the wealth of nations. A good society is more than its wealth; it has the capacity and is willing to care for those who cannot completely provide for themselves. In this course students explore, analyze, and assess how our society cares for those who cannot provide all of the necessities of life for themselves; including children, the infirm, and the elderly. They examine public policies and debates concerning poverty, health care, education, child protection, and adoption.

Spotlight: Recent Grads

Recent Grad

Megan Richard '19

Current Position: Technology Associate, Wellington Management

Current Location: Boston, Mass.

"In my first two years at HWS, I took a wide range of classes, from chemistry to philosophy to architecture to psychology to many other courses, until I finally decided to major in economics and minor in math."

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