The Economics major at Coe is designed to prepare students for graduate study and careers in economics, business, public policy or law, and to develop in students a competence in the discipline of economics. Coe, in contrast to many other small liberal arts institutions, offers more than 20 economics courses beyond the introductory level, including advanced quantitative courses, applied courses, international courses, courses in economic development and economic history courses. With one-on-one advising with economics faculty, students can choose the courses that best prepare them to meet their graduate school or career goals.

All economics majors take the following core courses:

ECO 205 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 215 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 405 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECO 415 Intermediate Price Theory
ECO 525 Econometrics

In addition to the core courses, students majoring in economics take at least two applied macroeconomic, two applied microeconomic, one historical and one other advanced economics course of their choice. Many economics majors choose to complete a second major in business or a second major or a minor in math, political science or another discipline. An economics minor at Coe can be completed by taking six economics courses from specified categories of courses.

Dedicated faculty and small classes help to ensure that students in economics acquire the critical thinking, quantitative, and communication skills needed to succeed. Enrollment in introductory economics courses is limited to no more than 20-25 students, and most mid- and upper-level courses have enrollments of 10-15 students. Because the faculty believe that the best way to learn economics is to do economics, economics majors also participate in a variety of non-classroom experiences that allow them to acquire additional knowledge and skills. It is not unusual to find economics majors engaged in joint research projects with economics faculty, with most developing into senior honors projects in the Department. Many of these projects have been presented at economics conferences and published in refereed economics journals. In addition, many economics majors complete an internship or study off-campus during their four years at Coe.

Coe’s economics majors have a long history of success in highly-ranked graduate school programs in economics, public policy, law, business and other fields. The coursework economics majors take and the research experiences in which they participate prepare them exceptionally well for the demands of graduate school. Over the last 30 years, a large number of Coe economics majors, as compared to other liberal arts schools nationwide, have earned Ph.D.s in economics and are now working in a variety of academic, industry, or government positions all over the world.