Economics

Major / Minor

Tiffani Gottschall teaches Economics 101 to both remote and in-person students October 26, 2020 in the Howard J. Burnett Center on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

The Economics program of the Department of Economics & Business provides students with the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in economic theory and the analytical tools that will allow them to think critically about complex economic and social issues on both a domestic and global scale. The program challenges students’ intellectual curiosity by providing them with opportunities to learn and communicate complex economic ideas through critical thinking, speaking, writing, and independent research projects. Students are prepared to begin a variety of careers in the public or private sector, or begin graduate, law, or professional school.

Students pursuing a major in economics may focus their studies with an emphasis in economic development. Learn more in the W&J Course Catalog.

Research and Internships

Student Research

  • “Determinants of Performance in a Specialized Workforce: Evidence from Professional Soccer,” Luke Clahane ‘19
  • “The Effect of Pharmaceutical Expenditures on Life Expectancy,” Abigail Eich ‘19
  • “Economic and Financial Indicators to Predict Recovery Out of Recessions,” Cian Kelly ‘19
Careers After W&J
  • United Health Group
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Morgan Stanley
  • S. Department of Energy
  • Freddie Mac
  • Progressive Insurance
Program Downloads

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Postgraduate Education

  • Syracuse University, PhD Economics
  • UCLA School of Law
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Carnegie Mellon, MS Health Care Policy and Management
  • West Virginia University, MBA-M.S. Finance Dual Degree

Economics Faculty

Economics News

Dr. Robert Litchfield on international digital nomads

May 6, 2021

Robert Litchfield, co-author of the book Digital Nomads, agrees that the phenomenon of digital nomads “is only going to increase”. “I don’t think anyone has said, ‘I’m done with nomadism [because of the pandemic] and I’m going back to the office cubicle,'” says Dr Litchfield, who is an associate professor at…

Michael Pratt ’81 named Black Leaders Worth Watching Award 2021 winner

February 10, 2021

Michael Pratt ’81, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, named as a Black Leaders Worth Watching Award 2021 winner

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