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Smailes attends baseball analytics conference on competitive scholarship

Luke Smailes ’21, an economics major, was one of four students nationwide awarded a Yoseloff Scholarship to attend the 2020 Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Read Luke's story.

Why Economics at Coe?


  • Class sizes of 10-20 in economics courses allow for more a more personalized education and for you to develop stronger professional relationships with faculty.
  • All courses are taught by faculty with Ph.D.'s in economics, with expertise in areas such as international economics, econometrics, economic development and urban economics.
  • Quantitative courses in economics allow you to develop analytical and computer skills that will benefit you in your career and/or graduate school program.


  • 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 you 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 you to strengthen critical thinking, writing and presentation skills.
  • You will have opportunities to participate in a variety of nontraditional learning experiences, including the Spellman summer research program, the Birkey Investment Fund, internships and the May Term courses.
  • You will 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 receiving significant financial support for their continued education.
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Brady Anderson ’18

“Participating in the Spellman Summer Research Program for two years under the guidance of the department helped me learn how to critique academic papers and present professional quality research of my own.”

In addition to his research as a Spellman Associate, Brady gained valuable experience an assistant in the Iowa Startup Accelerator and Corridor Angel Investors branch of NewBoCo. Having graduated with a degree in economics and mathematics, Brady is pursuing a Ph.D. in statistics at the University of Iowa.