Evaluate policy by actively questioning mainstream thinking. From energy and the environment to poverty and welfare, you’ll explore a breadth of topics in economic theory and analytic methods. Developing the skills necessary to understand, analyze, research and evaluate economic phenomena, processes and issues, you’ll graduate prepared to be an active citizen and successful professional.

Student SpotlightInvesting in the Future


Gillian secured a summer internship with Citigroup, a multinational investment bank and financial services company, after connecting with HWS alums at the company. In addition to her coursework, Gillian credits her position on the Investment Committee, her involvement with HWS Investment Club and her work with the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education with preparing her for the role.



And Research

Economics students looking to engage more in their work can study and complete Honors and research projects in their chosen topic with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Past examples of Honors projects include:

  • Julia Ann Ricciarelli ’21: MMT and the Job Guarantee: An Institutionalist Assessment
    Jacob Powell, Adviser 
  • Brian A. Schaumloffel ’20: Beyond Industrialization:  An Alternative Approach for Transitioning of the East Asia Growth Model
    William Waller, Adviser
  • John Matthew Cabanos Camara ’19: Ethnic Enclaves: Wage Premium or Wage Penalty for Second Generation Asian Americans?
    Judith McKinney P’13, Adviser

Experiential Education

Learn what it’s like to work on Wall Street during a networking trip to New York City or help local entrepreneurs craft a viable business plan at the Bozzuto Center.

At HWS, learning goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. You’ll gain high-impact, practical experience that deepens learning and opens doors.



No Borders:Global Education

Examine the environmental economics of Central Europe in Czech Republic, study macroeconomics in Germany or explore political economy in Taiwan.

Wherever you go, our nationally-ranked global education program will allow you to apply classroom knowledge, develop cultural understanding and build global connections that expand your personal capacity and sense of purpose.


Learn how economic issues connect to our daily lives.


    Learn about the US financial markets, instruments and the related major financial theories and models.


    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.


    Students move back and forth between theory and practice, learning how basic principles from economic theory can be applied to environmental questions. Evaluate how these principles have been used to implement policy nationally and internationally.

"econometrics" students learn linear regression analysis and statistical analysis, becoming better citizens and thinkers   

FacilitiesA Wealth of Information

Stern Hall 

Learn economics in the 27,000 square-foot Stern Hall. The hall encompasses the departments of economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, environmental studies and Asian languages and cultures and features classrooms, research and seminar rooms and a laboratory. Stern Hall is named for Honorary TrusteeHerbert J. Stern ’58, P’03, LL.D. ’74. Stern served as judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. A trial lawyer, Stern is the author of numerous works including Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won.

Alum ImpactGrowth Inside and Outside the Classroom

nick kriak '22

Legal Assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
New York, NY

"HWS prepared me for my future through the skill sets I acquired in the classroom and on the athletic field. The Economics classes allowed me to enhance my critical thinking skills while the Educational Studies classes further developed my interpersonal skills. Being on the men’s soccer team and fulfilling the role of a captain has taught me how to become a leader in all facets of life. The combination of these three has forced me to grow intellectually and is the reason I got to where I am."


  • ACLU
  • Barclays
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Bryce Capital Management
  • By Kids for Kids Co.
  • CBS Sports
  • Charles Schwab
  • Credit Suisse
  • Department of the Treasury
  • DeWitt Stern Group, Inc.
  • DFS
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Fidelity Investments Brokerage Group
  • Frick Capital
  • Geneva Business Improvement District
  • Goldman Sachs
  • HBO Sports
  • IBM
  • ING
  • International Trade Administration
  • J. P. Morgan
  • John Hancock Financial Network
  • LaBranche & Co., Inc.
  • Lazard Capital Markets LLC
  • Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc.
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
  • Mayer, Brown, Row & Maw
  • MGM Studios, Inc.
  • New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
  • New York State Health Department
  • New York Yankees
  • Oppenheimer & Co.
  • Rochester Rhinos and Rattlers
  • Society for International Development
  • UBS Financial Services
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • U.S. Dept. of State
  • United States Embassy
  • Wells Fargo
  • World Health Organization
  • Yahoo!


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  • University of Rochester
  • Villanova Law School