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Economics

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: Claudia Miner '23

Claudia Miner '23

Economics Major, Entrepreneurial Studies and International Relations Double Minor

"The study of economics helps us to understand people, businesses, markets, and governments, and provides the problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills that are critical for success in today’s job market. Guidance provided by the HWS faculty is invaluable. I have learned the importance of networking and how far perseverance can take you."

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 >

Sample Courses

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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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