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International Economics

At Elon, international economics courses are designed to help you develop economic reasoning, a particular way of looking at the world that is valuable in government service, business and law, among many other fields.

Our international economics program combines Elon’s strengths in undergraduate research, foreign language and culture instruction, and study abroad. Its overall goal is to extend the global reach of Elon by preparing students for careers in international policymaking and research organizations.

Flexible, comprehensive curriculum

By combining requirements in economics, foreign language and mathematics, the international economics major provides a dynamic and challenging curriculum that integrates learning across disciplines. You will be required to take classes in a foreign language of your choice and spend a semester studying abroad in a country where your chosen language is commonly spoken.  You will also take a course taught in that language as well as an economics course while abroad. Courses will focus on international trade, public finance and global economics. As your capstone experience, you will launch an original research project during your senior year, working closely with a faculty mentor.

Excellent research opportunities

Research is a fundamental part of the international economics curriculum. After gaining hands-on experience through individual and team projects, international economics majors are encouraged to showcase their findings at Elon’s annual Spring Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF). In addition, international economics students will be able to secure some of Elon’s most prestigious research grants, including the Lumen Prize and the Rawls Fellowship for Undergraduate Research.

Challenging fellows program

Exceptional high school students planning to major in international economics are encouraged to consider Elon’s Business Fellows program, which offers study abroad grants, hands-on consulting experience, special courses and a guaranteed paid internship at a major company among other opportunities. Twenty-five Business Fellows are selected annually. Visit the Elon Fellows programs website for more information.

Expert faculty

As an international economics major, you will learn from and work with dynamic faculty who bring academic and professional experience as well as creativity and enthusiasm to the classroom. The economics faculty are:

Dr. James L. Barbour, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Dr. Jayoti (Tina) Das, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Dr. Stephen B. DeLoach, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Dr. Cassandra DiRienzo, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Dr. Mark Kurt, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Dr. Gregory A. Lilly, Ph.D., Duke University
Dr. Jennifer Platania, Ph.D., Florida State University
Dr. Douglas Redington, Ph.D., University of Wyoming
Dr. Katie Rouse, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Vitaliy Strohush, Ph.D., Boston College
Dr. Thomas K. Tiemann, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.

After graduation

Students majoring in international economics will be prepared for entry-level analyst jobs in international organizations, such as government, for-profit businesses, aid organizations and non-governmental organizations. They will also be able to pursue graduate studies in many areas, including Economics, International Business, International Finance or International Political Economy.

Visit the Department of Economics website.

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