Why Study Economics at Coe?


  • Class sizes of 10-25 in economics courses allow for more a more personalized education and for students and faculty to develop stronger professional relationships.
  • All courses are taught by faculty with PhDs in economics, with expertise in areas such as international economics, econometrics, economic development, and economic history.
  • Quantitative courses in economics allow students to develop analytical and computer skills that will benefit them in their careers and graduate school programs.


  • Coe offers more than 20 economics courses beyond the introductory level, a greater number than most small liberal arts colleges.
  • The economics major is structured to allow students to double major, study abroad, or explore broad areas of interest and still graduate in four years.

Unique Opportunities Outside of Class

  • A strong student-faculty research program in economics allows students to strengthen critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills, better preparing them for careers and graduate school programs.
  • Students have opportunities to participate in a variety of nontraditional learning experiences, including the Spellman summer research program, the Birkey Investment Fund, internships, and the Department’s May Term courses.
  • Students benefit from dedicated economics alumni who support special Department programs, give guest lectures in classes, and provide opportunities for networking.

Life After Coe

  • Job placement of economics majors in business or government positions immediately following graduation or in academics, business, law, or government positions following graduation is strong.
  • A large percentage of Coe economics majors go to graduate school in economics, business, law, or other disciplines immediately following graduation, with many of these students receiving significant financial support for their continued education.