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Economics

Degree Options: Major, Minor
Locations: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill
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Understand economic theory in the context of history, politics, and philosophy.

Two students looking at screen with financial data - LGHow do businesses, governments, and people make sound—or risky—economic decisions? What are the factors, motivations, and contexts underlying those choices? In the economics major at Fordham, we explore economic theory—and a lot more—to find answers to these questions.

Our program consists of an analytical core with area studies in international, development, monetary, financial, and public-sector economics. Because economic systems don’t occur in a vacuum, we turn to history, political science, philosophy, and mathematics to deepen our understanding. You will develop a clear and concise approach to critically assessing a wide range of issues.

Good teaching is a top priority for our economics faculty. We keep class sizes small, the coursework engaging, and the standards high.

You’ll learn more than economics here. You’ll also study philosophy, theology, history, literature, languages, science, and the performing arts through Fordham’s common core curriculum, the centerpiece of our liberal arts education.

We want you to excel in your field—and as a human being.

Program Highlights

There are three majors available:

  • Economics, which combines an analytical core with studies in international, development, monetary, financial, and public-sector economics
  • Mathematics/Economics, which merges modern economic analysis with key mathematical disciplines
  • International Political Economy, which explores our increasingly interdependent and politicized global economy. You must have a high GPA to pursue this major.

Plan to study at Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business? You can take pursue a business economic concentration.

Internships
Integrate academic work with practical applications. World-class internships at top companies are just a subway ride away. Many lead directly to jobs.

Some recent internships:

  • Investments/brokerage at A.G Edwards and Sons
  • Sales at Atlantic Records
  • Interactive marketing at Citigroup
  • Army acquisition corps at Army Science Board
  • Internal audit department at Development Corporation of Israel
  • Operations at HSBC Bank USA
  • Office of general counsel at Merrill Lynch
  • Office of Chief Judge Sandra S. Beckwith at U.S. Sixth Federal District Court

Advanced students have two opportunities to capitalize on their commitment and ambition:

  • The five-year BA/MA program allows select economics students to earn a master’s degree in five years—and leave school ready for a career as an economist in both the private and the public sectors.
  • In the Economics Honors Program, you must maintain an excellent GPA, hit the mark in an honors seminar, and craft a superior thesis to graduate “with honors in economics” on your transcript.

The Economics Tutoring Center offers free tutoring in:

  • Basic microeconomics
  • Basic macroeconomics
  • Statistics I
  • Statistical decision making

Want to connect and network? Try:

  • Omicron Delta Epsilon—the economics honors society
  • Economics Society—a student-run club

Study Abroad
Take your coursework global with a study abroad program. Fordham has connections with more than 150 programs in universities all over the world, including Germany, China, Turkey, Argentina, and the Gabelli London satellite campus.

Sample Courses

Basic Macroeconomics
Microeconomic Theory
Financial Markets
Economics of Emerging Nations
World Poverty
Money and Banking
Law and Economics
Labor Market and Diversity
Ethics and Economics

Life After Fordham

Economics majors pursue diverse career paths. They’re prepared to follow their interests no matter where they lead. Where will you go?

Our graduates have excelled in economics, finance, law, business, international affairs, public affairs, and academics, among many other fields.

A few of their employers:

  • AT&T
  • Oracle Corporation
  • Pfizer
  • Bear Stearns
  • IBM
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Bondy & Schloss, LLP
  • Hewitt Associates
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Brandeis University

Eager for guidance from a Fordham economics graduate? Our department maintains an up-to-date list of people who are happy to talk to you.

Or tap into the wider network of Fordham-loyal alumni. They want to see you succeed as they have.

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