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Economics

ECONOMICS MAJOR

Understanding economics in the 21st century continues to be increasingly important in our lives, as the discipline of economics provides the tools for examining and solving complex problems facing individuals and societies as a whole. The Saint Anselm College economics major provides students with the ability to use these tools to examine such diverse topics as the impact of monetary and fiscal policy on our national economy, global climate change and environmental policy options, and the balance between consumer protection by government and the efficiency and freedoms offered by capitalism's markets, among many others. Complemented with a distinctive liberal arts core which stresses the development of critical thinking skills, the Saint Anselm College economics major provides a foundation of both theoretical and applied courses in the area of microeconomics - where the focus is on individual business, consumer and worker decision making, and macroeconomics - dealing with national and global policy affecting economic growth, unemployment and national income distribution.

Career opportunities with business firms, banking institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations, focused locally and internationally, await students with an economics major. Economics majors also go on to obtain law degrees, Master's degrees in public policy and economics, and Ph.D. degrees in economics and finance.

Economics majors take 10 courses:

Five required courses are:

  • BU121 Statistics
  • EC141 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC142 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • EC241 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • EC242 Intermediate Microeconomics

Economics Majors must also take any five of the following*:

  • EC243 Money and Banking
  • EC244 Industrial Organization
  • EC245 Labor Economics
  • EC247 International Economics
  • EC250 Environmental Economics
  • EC341 Seminar in Economics
  • EC342 Econometrics
  • EC344 Sports Economics
  • EC345 Economics of the Great Depression
  • EC441 Special Topics in Economics
  • AC111 Financial Accounting

*A subset of these courses will be offered each semester

Typical Course Sequence for Economics Majors

Freshman Year:

Conversatio I Conversatio II
Freshman English (or Science) Freshman English (or Science)
Language Language
Microeconomics Macroeconomics


Sophomore Year:
Economics majors take Business Statistics, Intermediate Macro- and Microeconomics, if offered that year, otherwise they will take two Economics electives. Depending on their initial placement they will finish their language requirement this semester. Their remaining courses will be core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major.

Junior Year:
Economics majors take two or three of their economics electives, or Intermediate Macro- and Microeconomics if they weren't offered during sophomore year. Their remaining courses will be core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s). One semester or a full year of study abroad is an option for this year.

Senior Year:

Economics majors will complete their economics electives. Their remaining courses will be core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).