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Students who major in Economics experience a rigorous curriculum that will prepare them to think critically in almost every enterprise.

Majoring in Economics provides a rigorous curriculum that will prepare you to think critically in almost every enterprise. This program is designed to promote quantitative thinking while fostering written and verbal communication skills so you are equipped to critically examine the effects of economic factors on market participants in the private and public sectors. Because of the growing complexity of the global economy, there is an increase in the demand for individuals who can provide and communicate quantitative analysis of economic variables and their effects on forecasting sales, managing costs, allocating budgets and choosing investment options.

While the major provides the framework for how firms and governments operate, a minor offers an understanding of domestic and global economies and markets.


Economics majors are prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers in industries such as banking and financial services, private and public sector management, financial and economic consulting, teaching, law, government or corporate research, health service administration, and information services. They are hired as analysts (research, financial, or investment), management trainees, sales associates, auditors, or consultants. Students often continue with graduate work in economics, law, public policy, health sciences, or pursue careers on Wall Street or in Fortune 500 firms, hedge funds, federal and state government agencies, or consulting firms.

The following is a selection of companies that have hired economics students for full-time and internship positions:

  • Bank of America
  • Barclays Capital
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Citigroup, Inc.
  • Deloitte
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Guidehouse
  • IHS Global Insight
  • ING Bank FSB
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Erasmus Kersting, PhD
Chair, Economics

Mary Kelly, PhD
Associate Chair, Economics

Why Economics?



The Villanova School of Business also offers an economics degree. The required courses for the major and minor differ slightly based on the college from which the degree is granted.