Economics

Develop your critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills. Learn the skills needed to understand changing economic conditions, what drives institutional change and how consumer behavior may change over time. Our curriculum includes courses in international trade, public finance, domestic and international fiscal policy, monetary policy and the history of economics.

Opportunities

The hallmark of the Elon economics program undeniably is our passion for research. Engage in undergraduate research by writing an original thesis during your senior year. Many of these papers are presented at regional or national conferences. Your faculty mentor will help guide you through the research process.

Serve as an editor or referee for the premier undergraduate research journal in economics, Issues in Political Economy. The journal is edited and refereed entirely by students, with oversight from faculty at the University of Mary Washington and Elon University. The IPE is indexed in Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics & Finance.

Learn to use economic modeling tools, such as Stata and SAS.

Sullivan Grants provide support for economics majors with verified financial need, who will participate in an educational opportunity that qualifies as one of the five Elon experience programs (undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, service learning or leadership development).

Learn about the current state of the economy by participating in the College Fed Challenge case competition.

Join Elon’s Economics Club, which provides opportunities for students to learn more about the field of economics beyond the classroom. The club fosters relationships between faculty and students through events in a casual and social atmosphere.

Earn membership in the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society.

Internships

While it is not required for economics majors to register an internship for academic credit, many majors complete at least one internship prior to graduating. Examples of internships students have completed include investment research for Commonwealth Financial Network, financial advisory for Morgan Stanley, finance management for Bank of America and market research for Jefferies Socks.

Graduation Outcomes

An economics degree provides an excellent foundation for a variety of professions, such as financial analyst, research economist, entrepreneur, lawyer, insurance underwriter, consultant and sales associate, as well as for careers in government service. Elon Economics alumni work for employers such as the Carolina Panthers, Credit Suisse, FactSet Research Systems, inc., Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, NetSuite, Inc. and Omnisource. Alumni have also pursued graduate study in economics, urban and regional development, law, accounting, finance, management, public policy and international studies.