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

Recent Grads Join AmeriCorps as Conflict Resolution Specialists

Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Sherwood and CottrelCatherine Sherwood ’20 and Alexander Cottrell ’20 have joined AmeriCorps’ Community Mediation Services Corps (CMSC) as conflict resolution specialists through the Center for Dispute Settlement. In their new roles, they…

Mangold ’21: Underwriting Intern at Beazley

Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Mangold KyleKyle Mangold ’21 is working as an underwriting intern at the Beazley Group global insurance company in New York City this summer. At Beazley, Mangold is part of the Cyber…

Orientation Coordinators Launch Video Series

Thu, 18 Jun 2020

Orientation Leaders-00116Orientation Coordinators Garrett Downs ’22 and Lalaine Vergara ’21 have returned to campus to plan a memorable Orientation Weekend for the Classes of 2024. First up, the pair have launched…

Mashori ’22 Lands Fellowship with Beyond the Bomb

Fri, 12 Jun 2020

Saima Mashori2International relations major Saima Mashori ’22 is a 2020 Future First Fellow at Beyond the Bomb, a Washington, D.C.-based organization focused on denuclearization through education and policy reform. She is…

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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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