The Economics major is highly prized because it is both versatile and valuable. It is one of the most popular majors at every premier university in the country, including Notre Dame.
The undergraduate economics major within the College of Arts and Letters allows you to acquire strong quantitative, analytical, and communications skills in the context of a liberal arts curriculum. 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.
What is special about majoring in Economics at Notre Dame?
To help foster the Catholic mission of the University, the department teaches a variety of courses that provide students with an understanding of how economics can be used as a tool to help those most in need. These classes include Development Economics, Health Economics, and the Economics of Catholic Social Teaching. Internships at the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities also provide an opportunity for students to support the University's mission.
We currently have 35 professors and we plan to grow to over 40 in the near future. Our faculty are committed to excellent teaching and mentoring our undergraduates. They also do cutting-edge research on a wide range of fields including macro, applied microeconomics, development, international economics, and micro theory. In keeping with the University’s Catholic mission, the faculty also focuses on research that is relevant to social policy. Two of our faculty members recently founded the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a research center that, through rigorous impact evaluations, aims to identify innovative, effective and scalable programs that help people move out of poverty.
The power of economics, said Greg Duffy ’15, is that the intangible becomes tangible. Duffy, who majored in economics and sang in an a capella group at Notre Dame, now uses that power to help connect artists with new audiences as a research analyst at the music-streaming service Pandora.