- Program Requirements
The major in economics requires the successful completion of a total of ten courses, consisting of six core courses and four economics elective courses.
Core courses (all six are required; note the possible substitutions):
- ECON 100 Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
- MATH 118 Introductory Statistics
- Or MATH 227 Biostatistical Design
- Or MATH 229 Regression Models
- ECON 200 Intermediate Microeconomics
- ECON 201 Intermediate Macroeconomics
- MATH 120 Calculus I (or a higher level calculus course)
Elective Courses (select four from the following list, including at least two at the 200 level or higher):
- ECON 124 BRICS and the Global Economy
- ECON 125 Women and Work
- ECON 145 Economics of Sustainability and Resource Use
- ECON 214 Women in the World Economy
- ECON 216 Economic Development
- ECON 218 International Trade
- ECON 220 International Monetary Systems
- ECON 222 Comparative Economics of East Asia
- ECON 225 Political Economy of U.S. Capitalism
- ECON 231 Money & Banking
- ECON 235 From Farm to Table: The Political Economy of Food Systems
- ECON 236 Public Economics
- ECON 239 Government Regulation of Industry
- ECON 241 Business Competition and Antitrust Policy
- ECON 247 Environmental Economics
- ECON 390 Special Topics in Economics (not counted as an economics elective if used for the independent learning requirement)
- ECON 393 Econometrics (not counted as an economics elective if used for the independent learning requirement)
ECON 100 and 101 may be taken in any order; this is true also for ECON 200 and 201. Generally, majors complete ECON 100 and 101 by the end of the sophomore year and the remaining core courses by the end of the junior year. ECON 100 and/or 101 are prerequisites for all upper-level courses.
Each student in the major should work closely with their faculty advisor, who will assist them in (a) course selection, including in certain areas of focus such as international economics, monetary economics, social analysis, and public policy, (b) choosing complementary non-economics courses according to each student's unique interests, strengths, and goals, (c) identifying student organizations and other co-curricular activities that would enhance their study and application of economics, and (d) the job search. Students considering graduate study in economics or related fields should take ECON 393 and various math courses. They should also consider various options that combine economics and mathematics, including the Joint Major in Economics and Mathematics.
Economics majors must also complete eight semester hours of independent learning in order to fulfill the all-College requirement. While the independent learning requirement may be completed in other departments, students are encouraged to complete the requirement within Economics. The independent learning requirement can be met within the department through any combination of ECON 350 Independent Study, 355 Thesis, 370 Internship, 390 Special Topics, and 393 Econometrics. ECON 350, 355, and 370 do not count toward the 16-semester-hour elective requirement for the Economics major. If used for independent learning, ECON 390 and 393 also do not count toward the elective requirement.
- Minor Requirements
The minor in economics requires successful completion of a total of five courses, consisting of ECON 100, ECON 101, and any three economics elective courses other than ECON 390 and ECON 393. Note: ECON 200 and 201 cannot be counted toward the minor.
- Customize Your Program
You'll work with your advisor to tailor a program to your interests and career goals. Simmons offers many options for customizing your studies, including dual majors, accelerated programs and a wide variety of complementary minors.
Economics complements study in various other disciplines, including Environmental Science, History, International Relations, Mathematics and Statistics, Political Science, Public Health, Public Policy, Social Justice, and Women's and Gender Studies.
A minor in economics is also available, and requires successful completion of a total of five courses, consisting of ECON 100, ECON 101, and any three economics electives courses other than ECON 390 and ECON 393. Note: ECON 200 and 201 cannot be counted toward the minor.
- Internships and Research
Economics students take advantage of internships at various companies, research institutions and cultural institutions. Students have recently found internship positions at:
- Morgan Stanley
- The Boston Bruins
- Lantern Financial
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
- The Museum of Fine Arts
The Economics Department emphasizes analytical, research, and writing skills, which our students apply in producing the research papers for our two capstone courses, Internship (ECON 370) and Econometrics (ECON 393). A sample of recent papers displays the variety and breadth of economic analysis:
Internship Research Papers
Financial Planning in the Aftermath of the Recent Financial Crisis
Sarah Caughey, The RGL Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Student Loans: A Cost-Benefit Analysis
Andrea Ferrante, Lantern Financial
Where Did All the Monet Gogh? The Great Recession’s Impact on Museums
Kristiana Lyons, The Museum of Fine Arts
The Not-So-Bright Golden Years: Challenges Facing Women in Retirement
Laura Surprenant, Lantern Financial
Econometrics Research Papers
Five for Fighting: Does Fighting Have an Impact on a Win for the Boston Bruins?
Gun Restrictions: Help or Hindrance for Gun Homicide?
The Secondary Ticket Market’s Effect on Average Ticket Prices
The Determinants of a Do-Nothing Congress: The Rise of Polarization
All faculty »
- Masato Aoki
- Associate Professor, Economics
- Phone: 617-521-2580
- Office: E203H
- Zinnia Mukherjee
- Assistant Professor, Economics
- Phone: 617-521-2582
- Office: E203J
- Niloufer Sohrabji
- Associate Professor, Economics and Department Chair
- Phone: 617-521-2587
- Office: E203G
- How to Apply
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