Understand how the allocation of resources affects people, business markets, and governments.
Economics is more than the study of supply and demand. Economics is the science of human decision-making. It shapes the world we live in. As an economics major at Westfield State University, you’ll be prepared to address diverse societal problems. You’ll learn how to develop and analyze models of the systems we rely on for the allocation of resources. The economics degree program is designed to give you the flexibility to combine your economic expertise and earn a double major with:
- Economics and Finance Double Major, B.A.
- Economics and Mathematics Double Major, B.A.
- Economics and Political Science Double Major, B.A.
You’ll benefit from a sound foundation of knowledge in your core courses and the opportunity to take additional upper-level courses in economics to supplement your finance, math, or political science degree with an economics degree.
- On campus, online, or remote synchronous learning
- Gain on-the-job experience through internships
- Interdisciplinary major allowing you to pursue two fields
Experiences beyond the classroom engage you in the application of economic theory.
During your junior or senior year, you’ll take a Research Methods course and develop a project proposal on a topic you feel passionate about. You’ll then have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor implementing your research plan in your senior year.
Our connections to the business community, local government, and nonprofit organizations serving the Western MA region create opportunities for you to intern at a variety of organizations.
We offer short-term study abroad courses, with travel to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and China. We also offer a semester exchange program in Germany.
The Economics Department at Westfield State University offers high-quality programs in economics, alone or in conjunction with a double major in a complementary field of study. Our goal is to prepare students to address and analyze a diverse set of complex societal problems. Our well-qualified and nurturing faculty aims to create a supportive learning environment for students of all backgrounds. Through a broad range of courses, research opportunities with faculty, and one-on-one mentorship, our programs prepare students for careers in business and government as well as for graduate programs in economics, business, law, and public administration.
In accordance with WSU’s vision, the Economics Department strives to provide a comprehensive education to all members of the community. As a broad-based social science holding unique relationships with programs in business, regional planning, political science, and mathematics, the Economics Department is well-positioned for growth in its offerings of stand-alone and joint programs at undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as condensed certificate programs for the broader community.
The Westfield State University Department of Economics prepares students to:
- Demonstrate understanding of key economic concepts using quantitative reasoning, written communication, and oral presentation.
- Identify model assumptions and assess implications from diverse economic perspectives.
- Critically analyze and evaluate economic issues in local, national, and global contexts.
- Develop evidence-backed solutions to real-world problems using the appropriate statistical techniques, and quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis methods.
What can I do with an Economics Major?
Earning your Economics B.A. gives you knowledge of the theory behind economics and its practical application. You be prepared for a career as a:
- Economic researcher
- Economic consulting
- Careers in finance
- Careers in government and not-for-profit institutions
- Careers in the Legislative Branch
- Data analyst
- Judicial worker
Requirements for the Economics Major
Required Courses - 24 Credits
- ECON 0101 - Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECON 0102 - Principles of Microeconomics
- ECON 0201 - Intermediate Microeconomics
- ECON 0202 - Intermediate Macroeconomics
- ECON 0204 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics
- ECON 0398 - Senior Research Seminar
- MATH 0108 - Elementary Statistics
- MATH 0115 - Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Economics Electives - 12 Credits
Choose 12 credits from the following:
- ECON 0300 - Money and Banking
- or FINC 0320 - Money and Banking Credits: 3
- ECON 0301 - Economics and Law
- ECON 0302 - Economic History of the United States
- ECON 0303 - Economics of Development
- ECON 0304 - Urban Economics
- ECON 0305 - Introduction to Econometric Methods
- or FINC 0305 - Introduction to Econometric Methods Credits: 3
- ECON 0306 - Managerial Economics
- ECON 0307 - Economics, Gender, Race & Ethnicity
- ECON 0312 - Labor Economics
- ECON 0314 - Industrial Organization
- ECON 0315 - Public Finance
- ECON 0316 - Economic History of Europe
- ECON 0318 - International Economics
- ECON 0319 - Development of Economic Thought
- ECON 0320 - Environmental Economics
- ECON 0321 - Natural Resource Economics
- ECON 0322 - The Economics of Sports
- ECON 0350 - Current Economic Issues
- ECON 0351 - Special Topics in Economics
- ECON 0399 - Independent Study
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to submit SAT/ACT scores or an essay when I apply?
Westfield State University does not require an application essay, SAT and/or ACT scores, or letters of recommendation (except for special program admissions).
All first-year applicants are reviewed for admission based on their high school record. First-year applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) in order to qualify for admission to a state university.
Learn more about the application process and admissions here.
How much does Westfield State University cost?
Westfield State University offers a comprehensive university experience at an affordable cost—with many options for financial aid. Visit our Cost and Aid page to learn more.
Will I receive academic support?
We’re invested in your success. Whether you need a little help adjusting to college, study strategies, tutoring, or disability services, the team at the Academic Achievement Department is ready to help. Our mission is to provide you with the tools to explore academic opportunities as well as to plot strategies for continued growth.
Learn more about our student support services here.
What is economics the study of?
Economics is the study of the science of human decision-making. It shapes our world and provides the analytical framework we use to understand the allocation of resources and how it affects society, government, and business.
Is economics a good major?
Yes. An economics major provides an excellent foundation for a finance, business, or management career. You’ll develop the critical thinking skills needed to analyze, research, and make sound decisions in business and life.
What are the highest-paying jobs for an economics major?
With an economics degree, high-paying jobs include statistician, corporate lawyer, product manager economist, compensation manager, and actuary.
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