Group of Laurentians

Economics

About Our Program

When you think about economics, we want you to think bigger because economics applies to just about anything and everything you might be interested in—from food to public health to sports to arts and entertainment.

As an economics major, you’ll learn the theories that help explain trends and numbers on paper. More importantly, you’ll hone the analysis, decision-making, and communication skills you’ll need to grapple with complex, real-world social and economic issues. Plus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice solving them, and employers will appreciate your willingness to take initiative and pose creative solutions.

Program Offerings

  • Major
  • Minor

Department

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

We'll empower you to mold our economics major to your interests and incorporate your experiences beyond the classroom. Apply what you learn to real-world scenarios through opportunities like the College Fed Challenge. As you further explore your major through faculty-mentored research or off-campus study, you’ll also tap into one of the nation’s top-ranked alumni networks. Our alumni are eager to answer your questions and help you understand just how far your degree can take you.

The Federal Reserve Challenge

Students in our Fed Challenge Course compete against schools across the country in the national College Fed Challenge, which requires teams to analyze real-world economic conditions and recommend a course for monetary policy. In 2020, our team placed second out of 85 colleges and universities and was the only liberal arts school to compete in the finals. 

As a member of the Fed Challenge team, you’ll draw on your critical thinking abilities and presentation skills as you collaborate with team members on creative solutions to complex economic challenges. You’ll gain practical insights from your teacher and coach, Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics Cynthia Bansak, a former economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. You’ll also develop strong relationships with alumni who invest their time and expertise in helping you prepare. They’re often on-call to answer questions and even invite students to their offices in New York City to strategize. 

Between alumni mentorship and our comprehensive coursework, St. Lawrence’s Fed Challenge team possesses a unique competitive advantage.

Research Assistant Opportunities

Collaborate with faculty mentors, learn more about the research process from experts in their field, and contribute to work that will likely end up getting published. 

Honors Projects

Work closely with a faculty mentor as you explore a topic or question that ignites your curiosity. Past projects have explored the potential of a carbohydrate tax to promote long-term health improvements, the debt crisis in Greece, and the spread of misinformation in the information age. 

Crown Royal Investment Club

Manage a real portfolio and compete in the Adirondack Cup against colleges and universities from across New York and New England. At the end of six months, the portfolio with the best return wins. 

Economics Seminar Series

Learn from leading economists, hailing from colleges and universities across the country and globe, studying some of today’s most pressing issues and topicslike renewable energy policy, immigration, and gender equity in the workforce.

Past Internships

Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our majors intern with a wide range of organizations, including: 

  • World Bank
  • eBay
  • Cambridge Associates
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • ACG Analytics
  • Morgan Stanley

SLU Connect Trips

Spend part of your winter break connecting with alumni where they live and work, and get a sense of how economics majors like you are making an impact across the countryfrom New York City to Washington D.C. to San Francisco. 

Explore Our Signature Career Programs

 

Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Spain, Vienna, China, Denmark, and Thailand. 

Should you choose to major in international economics by pairing economics with a language (Spanish, French, German, or multi-language), you can use your study abroad experience to enhance your understanding of finance, banking, and monetary policy beyond the U.S. 

The London Program

Immerse yourself in this vibrant global citythe hub of international banking and tradingwhile studying its history and current events. Conclude your semester with a month-long work-study in any number of possible workplaces, from local government offices to international trade and investment agencies.

Off-Campus Study in the U.S. 

Other U.S-based off-campus study programs include a Liberal Arts in New York City experience, which includes an internship with a Manhattan-based business or nonprofit.

Explore Our Programs

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve economics, entrepreneurship, and fiscal policy, including: 

  • Crown Royalty Investment Club 
  • Thelomathesian Society
  • Club Golf
  • The Entrepreneurship Club
  • SLU Democrats
  • Model U.N.
  • Women in Business
  • SLU Republicans
  • Model O.A.S.
  • PLEN Chapter

Why St. Lawrence for Economics

97%

of St. Lawrence economics majors are employed or continuing their education within a year

81%

Participate in at least one internship throughout their four years as a student

500+

Alumni, parents, and friend volunteers who have helped facilitate our SLU Connect program in places like New York City, Big Sky, Montana, and San Francisco

The Power of Connections

Our graduates say the alumni network is the second-most influential source for employment (internships are number one).

#2

St. Lawrence’s team placed second out of 85 colleges and universities in the national College Fed Challenge in 2020

60%

of St. Lawrence students majoring in social sciences pursue a double major

Recent Employment Opportunities

  • Bloomberg LP
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Thomson Reuters 
  • HubSpot
  • Goldman Sachs

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore economics major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

Complementary and Related Programs

We offer eight combined major options to help you develop your skills, combine your interests, and increase your understanding beyond the U.S. economy.

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Compassionate, Supportive Faculty

Your professors’ doors are always open, whether you have questions about a class assignment or want to talk about planning for your career.

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St. Lawrence’s Competitive Advantage

Ross MacMahon '21 believes the mentorship and coaching from dedicated St. Lawrence alumni gave his team the edge it needed to earn runner-up honors during the 2020 Fed Challenge.

Read His Experience
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The Economics of Everything

Passionate about public health, social justice, or tackling climate change? Economics can help you understand the value in each of these (and so much more), their effects on local and global communities, and give you the tools you need to advocate for better solutions.

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Tools for Success

A recent graduate made a generous gift that enabled the University to purchase a Bloomberg Terminal. Now, students can monitor and analyze real-time financial market data like professionals in the financial services sector.

Connect With a Current Student

No one knows our program better than our current students. Connect with an Economics major to learn about their faculty mentors, favorite classes, or unique experiences. No question is too big or too small—ask away!
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Headshot of Derek Sherrange '23, wearing a gray suit.
Class of 2023

Derek Sherrange (he/him)

  • Argyle, New York
  • Argyle Central School
  • Global Studies and International Economics—Multi-Language (Spanish and Swahili) combined double major

Campus Involvement

Thelomathesian Society, Model OAS, The Underground Journal, Spectrum, Peer Tutor, Weave News, First-Year Program in London, LINC Career Mentoring Program, McNair Scholars Program, CSTEP Program, SLUPIC Intern

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Class of 2023

Tristan Hamilton (he/him)

  • Greenland, New Hampshire
  • Portsmouth High School
  • International Economics and Spanish combined major, Statistics minor

Campus Involvement

Outdoor Program Guide, Admissions Ambassador, Crown Royalties Investment Club, Commons College, Club Ski Team, SLU Connect; participated in the Center for Career Excellence's Sophomore Bootcamp

Headshot of Abigail Yosef, class of 2022.
Class of 2022

Abigail Yosef (she/her)

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Winston Churchill High School
  • Economics and Business in the Liberal Arts double major, Public Health minor

Campus Involvement

Carefree Black Girls, Munro Family Climbing Wall Staff, Agape Christian Club, Admissions Ambassador, LINC Career Mentoring; studied abroad in Spain; Finance, interned at The World Bank and UBS Global Asset Management

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

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