Major in International Economics

Why study international economics?

The undergraduate international economics major within the College of Arts & Letters allows you to acquire strong quantitative, analytical, and communications skills while simultaneously developing cultural understanding and language proficiency.
The program provides you with the insights of scientific analysis and social perspective to deepen your understanding of the complex economic forces at work in society to help you prepare for a career in global business, nonprofits, or government, amongst other options.

What we do differently

The international economics major combines rigorous coursework in economics with advanced training in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. You will have opportunities for study abroad, overseas internships, and research projects.

The major focuses on “core” courses in theory and research methods. The rigorous nature of these courses enables you to effectively compete in the job and graduate school market with your peers from other top universities. You will learn how to apply these theories and methods to the world around you. The International Economics major goes beyond just the study of numbers. It prepares you for a variety of professional objectives, including careers in data analytics, economic research, public service, and law, as well as managerial positions in business and industry.

Learn more about the requirements for the international economics major.

Language Requirements

In addition to your economics courses, you will also be required to meet the international economics requirements in another language. The requirements for each language program can be found on their respective department websites. 

Programs offered

The Economics department offers a concentration in financial economics and econometrics. This selective program fills a need for additional training in applied quantitative economic reasoning. The coursework for the Concentration will provide fast-paced and rigorous training in financial economics that will prepare you for careers in investment management, banking, research, and policy-making.

The Economics department also offers an honors track for students who meet certain criteria. This program provides you with an opportunity to pursue a year-long independent research project under the direction of a faculty member, with additional mentorship provided through a senior honors workshop.  


Questions? Want to get started in economics?

Contact one of our Undergraduate Economics Advisors for more information.