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.
Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your CareerWe'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 and tap into one of the nation’s top-ranked alumni networks.
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.
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 topics—like renewable energy policy, immigration, and gender equity in the workforce.
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.
Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our majors intern with a wide range of organizations, including:
- World Bank
- 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 country—from New York City to Washington D.C. to San Francisco.
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 city—the hub of international banking and trading—while 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.
Connect with Community
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
There is no shortage of experts in the business and finance world who also identify as Laurentians. Our alumni network is the second-most influential source for recent graduate employment (only behind internships). They are eager to answer your questions and help you understand just how far your degree can take you.
Our alumni make an impact as they take the lead on money management while lending their knowledge to keep St. Lawrence competitive in the higher ed landscape. After graduation, Laurentians go on to make an impact on companies and communities around the world.
Why St. Lawrence for Economics
of St. Lawrence economics majors are employed or continuing their education within a year
Participate in at least one internship throughout their four years as a student
The Power of Connections
Our graduates say the alumni network is the second-most influential source for employment (internships are number one).
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
Terminals in our Bloomberg Finance Lab
Monitor and analyze real-time financial market data like professionals in the financial services sector.
St. Lawrence’s team placed second out of 85 colleges and universities in the national College Fed Challenge in 2020
of St. Lawrence students majoring in social sciences pursue a double major
Recent Employment Opportunities
- Bloomberg LP
- U.S. House of Representatives
- Thomson Reuters
- 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.
Meet Our Faculty
“Employers appreciate our students’ critical thinking, oral communication, and writing skills, as well as their ability to take initiative and to be lifelong learners.”
“My liberal arts education has fostered creativity and taught me to be quick on my feet, but has also given me a strong backbone of economic theory and quantitative skills.”
Tools for Success
Watch students conduct cutting-edge research in St. Lawrence's very own gold-standard Bloomberg Finance Lab. Home to 15 Bloomberg terminals, this space is dedicated to helping you connect to global financial markets in real-time.
St. Lawrence’s Competitive Advantage
St. Lawrence earned national recognition in the 2021 Fed Challenge, thanks to guidance from expert faculty and mentorship from alumni in the finance industry. Along the way, they relied on the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills that they've honed as students of the liberal arts.
Since its inception in 2014, St. Lawrence’s Business Case Study course has provided students with the tools needed to analyze real-world industry problems while developing thoughtful solutions. The best part? The alumni network and local business owners are there to offer expert insight.
Andrew Matthews ’22 juggles more than schoolwork and co-curriculars during the school year. A business in the liberal arts and economics double major who is also a member of the Saints baseball team, Andrew equally spends his time working on strategy sessions, pitch decks, and public relations for Hoppz, an app he co-founded with friends and brought to life during the pandemic.
St. Lawrence University’s Fed Challenge team recently celebrated an impressive showing at this year’s National College Fed Challenge, continuing a tradition of excellence at the competition by demonstrating the power of the liberal arts to equip students with the practical skills they need to tackle real-world problems. The team was a regional finalist in the New York Federal Reserve District’s competitive Liberty Street Division and was one of 18 out of 74 teams to compete in the national semifinals.
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