You should take ECON 103, Economic Principles and Problems. This survey course will introduce you to the main theories of economics as well as some contemporary economic issues.
The Department of Economics offers a wide array of courses to suit varied student interests. Many courses provide students with a thorough exposure to mainstream economic topics. Still other courses give students a broad understanding of the many issues studied by political economists. See our complete list of course offerings.
Complex, interesting, rewarding and fun. That’s how students describe economics at Bucknell. They also say studying it is important for understanding societies, behaviors and political trends.
If you take economics at Bucknell, we'll challenge you to think independently and understand social responsibility and theories within the global economy. You'll be prepared for a career in management, finance, sales, economic analysis, teaching and social work or ready to continue your education in law and other graduate and professional programs.
Our economics major is flexible — about half of our majors combine a major in economics with another major.
Economics examines the important questions that are at the heart of many debates in our modern world, and teaches students to utilize theoretical models and factual information to craft responses to these questions.
Employers tell us that they hire students who can bring a blend of analytical and critical thinking, effective writing, and quantitative skills to the workplace because they can understand the complexities of the global economy.
Economics is a useful background for a wide variety of occupations, including business, finance, policy, law, non-profits, teaching, and public service.
"The classical assumption in economics is that more is better — more products, services, consumption and money. But whether or not that is true largely depends on what theoretical perspective one takes when studying economics."Learn More about Professor Kristjanson-Gural
Recently, Bucknell economic students have interned at:
In this 21st century global economy, the opportunity to spend a semester or more of study abroad has become especially important for economics majors. The experience of living and learning in another country gives students first-hand observation of different economic and cultural practices. Indeed, approximately 40% of our majors spend at least one semester abroad.
Take advantage of the chance to conduct research projects alongside professors who serve as mentors. Recent project titles include:
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