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:

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. 

Program Highlights

  • On campus, online, or remote synchronous learning
  • Gain on-the-job experience through internships
  • Interdisciplinary major allowing you to pursue two fields

Take charge of your future.

Learn the theory and practice of economics and its role in helping society.

Experiences beyond the classroom engage you in the application of economic theory.

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    Undergraduate research

    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.

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    Internship programs 

    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.

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    Study abroad 

    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.

Program Details

Program Mission

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.

Program Vision

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

As a double major I was required to take two capstone classes, so I integrated them into each other and conducted an analysis on crypto currency markets. During the winter between semesters, I developed an algorithm to extrapolate the sine wave frequencies in a time series data set. Upon further research with Dr. Vorwerk, and some collaboration with Dr. Chuku, we discovered the logical continuation of this algorithm that is used in market analysis.

-Jakob Tilsch, ’22

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:

  • Economists
  • Economic researcher
  • Economic consulting
  • Careers in finance
  • Careers in government and not-for-profit institutions
  • Careers in the Legislative Branch
  • Data analyst
  • Judge
  • Judicial worker
  • Lawyer
  • Statistician
  • Stockbroker
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Course Requirements

Program Description

Requirements for the Economics Major

Required Courses - 24 Credits
Economics Electives - 12 Credits
Additional Graduation Requirements

All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core.

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We offer high-quality academics, unique learning opportunities, and a gorgeous campus—and we have small classes, accessible faculty, and one-on-one support. 

You'll join fellow motivated students ready to make the most of the college experience through active participation. Become part of a caring and committed community that understands and embraces the bridge between academic study and civic responsibility.

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    student–faculty ratio

  • 92%+

    of faculty hold doctorates

  • Study abroad

    in 35+ countries

Accessible and caring faculty.

You’ll benefit from the personalized attention you’ll get from our faculty. Our well-qualified faculty are subject matter experts with graduate degrees from prestigious universities. Their passion for teaching ensures that you’ll study in a supportive learning environment. Take advantage of research opportunities with faculty and one-on-one mentorships.

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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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