Economics studies social relationships pertaining to the production and allocation of resources. Economics has been a regular part of the curricular scene at Wesleyan for nearly 125 years. A minor is also offered.

Students who major in economics often pursue careers in academics, business, consulting, law, finance, and government. 

What You'll Study

  • As an economics major at Wesleyan, you'll complete introductory courses, covering both micro- and macroeconomic issues; core courses, developing the central tools of theoretical and empirical economic analysis; and elective courses, including FYS (first-year seminar) courses for first-year students as well as higher-level elective courses.
  • Majors must complete a minimum of eight graded courses numbered 200 or above, including the three core courses of Quantitative Methods in Economics, Microeconomic Analysis and Macroeconomic Analysis, and five electives.
  • In addition to regular electives, you can pursue independent research in an individual or group tutorial offered by a faculty member in the department, as well as take teaching apprenticeship tutorials.

  • First-year students contemplating an economics major should acquire the requisite mathematical background as soon as possible.

Minor Requirements

Minors must complete Introduction to Economic Theory and five additional courses consisting of three core courses and two electives.