Undergraduate Program


Courses of Study

The undergraduate economics major within the College of Arts and Letters is designed to make a unique contribution to the student’s liberal education. The program provides students with the insights of scientific analysis and social perspective to deepen their understanding of the complex economic forces at work in society. Such an understanding is an essential ingredient in the intellectual development of an educated person.

The major, which offers an honors program option, is designed to prepare students for a variety of professional objectives including careers in public service and law as well as managerial positions in business and industry.

Starting in fall 2012, students in the College of Arts and Letters can also pursue a major in international economics. To prepare students for careers in global business, nonprofits, or government, this curriculum combines rigorous coursework in the economics with advanced training in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish language and culture through the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. The major's course of study exemplifies the College of Arts and Letters’ cross-disciplinary approach to nurturing the development of business leaders and global citizens who have both the analytical and cultural skills needed to navigate today’s interconnected world economy.

Majors in Economics and International Economics also have the option to participate in the Concentration in Financial Economics and Econometrics The concentration is being offered to provide fast-paced and rigorous training in financial economics that will prepare students for careers in investment management, banking, research and policy making. Here is the 2016 application, due February 15, 2016. 

The department also collaborates with partners across campus to offer a number of minors.

Arts and Letters students from every major succeed in business, graduate or professional school, or full-time service. Learn more about the career outcomes of all of our graduates, including Economics majors.

Bill Kennedy talks about his career and the value of a Liberal Arts education in the world of International Finance

First Cohort of Financial Economics and Econometrics Students Find Success in the Job Market

Research Opportunities


Major Advisors

Professor William Leahy
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 8-10am
214 Decio
(574) 631-7238

Professor Eva Dziadula
Office hours: Make an appointment
447 Flanner
(574) 631-0424 

Professor Forrest Spence
Office hours: Monday: 1:30-5pm; Wednesday: 2-5:30pm; Thursday: 9-12pm
440 Flanner
(574) 631-1606 

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Mary Flannery

Office hours:  Make an appointment or drop in: Wednesday: 2-3pm, Thursday: 10-11am 
442 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-1369



International Economics Contacts: Go to the program page