The Department of Economics offers three undergraduate majors, including International Economics and Finance - Honors (B.S.).
These majors are designed to provide students with expertise in economic theory and its applications. With advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, statistics, econometrics, and elective economic courses such as environmental economics, economic development, international trade, international finance, industrial organizations, etc., graduates of these programs are well prepared for a professional position in government, the private sector, the nonprofit sector as well as for advanced training in economics.
The economics program at The Catholic University of America is set apart from others because of its expert faculty and innovative courses. Students who study under our rigorous faculty have the opportunity to carry out research with their faculty and to proceed towards competitive graduate programs or professional careers.
Students majoring in economics must choose one of two degree options: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics, or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics. The first option allows more room for double majors or multiple minors, while the second option provides broader technical skills in mathematics and econometrics.
Major Requirements: To earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics, students must complete 2 business courses and 16 economics courses. This includes 6 core courses; 4 economics concentration courses; 4 Math /Statistics courses; and 4 economics electives.
To earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics, students must complete 2 business courses and 18 economics courses. This includes 6 core course; 5 economics concentration courses; 5 Math/Statistics courses; and 4 economics electives.
University Requirements: To earn a degree in economics, students must also complete the core university requirements, specific to their major. Economics students who are pursuing a B.A. are required to complete 22 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. Economics students who are pursuing a B.S. are required to complete 20 courses in addition to their business and economics courses. These courses include liberal arts required courses, focus area required courses, and free electives.
See detailed course list and suggested sequence of courses
Economic Fellowship Program: The Economic Research Fellowships provide students with a deeper understanding of the nature and methods of academic research. It also exposes them to real field research, impact evaluation, and stimulates students’ interest in pursuing research projects of their own. Qualified students can apply for this program and receive a stipend for their work.
For more information, visit the Economic Fellowship webpage.
Study Abroad: All economic majors are encouraged to broaden their educational experience by spending a semester studying abroad. The study abroad opportunity in Oxford, United Kingdom is one particular location that is oriented towards economics majors. Programs in other countries are also available. The key to studying abroad while pursuing a degree in economics is to plan ahead. Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor, and also visit the CUAbroad office.
Read more about study abroad procedures.
Internships: An internship is a unique academic opportunity that allows students to step out of the classroom and gain real-world experience in a professional setting. Possibilities such as J.P. Morgan, Capital One, KPMG, Booz Allen Hamilton, Accenture, The White House, Department of Treasury, Federal Reserve Bank, Capitol Hill, World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, International Labor Organization, Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, among others are available to students.
Read more about internship opportunities.
Minor Programs: Students majoring in economics have a wide variety of minors available to them and may choose from many disciplines offered across the University. Popular choices for economics majors are: foreign languages, politics, or philosophy.
In today’s competitive job market, gaining professional or internship experience during college is critical to finding employment upon graduation. Planning for and obtaining that experience should begin early in a student’s academic career. To educate and assist students in finding professional opportunities, we offer a career development program during the fall and spring semesters for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Organizations:The Economics Majors’ Club (EMC) is a student organization for those who wish to apply what they learn in the classroom to the outside world. Through EMC, students are exposed to simulation exercises; trips to local D.C. organizations, Wall Street, and a network of friends who also wish to expand their knowledge in economics.
Community: One of the many advantages of pursuing a degree from a small university is the close community that is formed among students and professors. Students are supported within the Department of Economics by their classmates, which creates an atmosphere of mutual collaboration that leads to success, rather than unwelcoming competition. Instructors are available for one-on-one help during office hours, and often mentor their students throughout their college and professional careers.