Students who study Economics have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Students can participate in department research seminars, field trips, internships, study abroad programs and the Villanova Economics Society.

Adam Smith Prizes

Top student research is recognized annually by our Adam Smith Prizes. These prizes are awarded to the top two research papers submitted each year. Beginning in 2010, this award is funded by alumnus John Haines ’79 CLAS. First prize is $2,000 and second prize is $1,000. Honorable mention awards (if any) are $500 each.

2023 Award: Villanova Economics majors and minors in the 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 graduating classes are eligible for this year's competition.  Papers should present original research done in conjunction with Villanova economics coursework and may address any topic in economics, broadly defined.  Papers may be single- or co-authored.  Students are encouraged to discuss their submission with their professor before submission.  Submit papers (as a Word file of 10,000 words or less, and including the authors' names on the title page only) via email to by NOON EST, April 5, 2023. Late submissions will not be accepted.  Finalists will be notified by April 14, and present their work on April 28, from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM in the Curley Exchange. Finalists will be judged on both their papers and presentations.

Joseph Lucia Memorial Lecture

Each year, the Economics Department hosts the Joseph Lucia Memorial Lecture. Past speakers include several Nobel Laureates such as James Tobin, James Buchanan, Joseph Stiglitz, and Sir Angus Deaton. Since 2003, this event has been funded by alumnus William Stewart ’88 VSB.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)

Villanova has had a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the international economics honor society since 1967. The society is open to all juniors and seniors having an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better, as well as a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the economic courses taken. Eligible students must have completed a minimum of four economics courses. All students who meet these minimum requirements are invited to stop by the Department of Economics (Bartley Hall – Room 2015) for more information on how to apply for ODE membership.

College and University Resources

In addition to resources and opportunities through the English Department, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services of the Office for Undergraduate StudentsOffice of Education Abroad and Career Center.

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.