What Can I Do with My Economics Major?

Overview

The mission of the economics program is to teach students a deliberate method of reasoning and to apply this method to the exploration of economic issues throughout the world. Students in Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences may major in either economics or political economy. The economics major includes coursework in microeconomics, macroeconomics, economic theory, and econometrics. The major in political economy emphasizes the intersection between economics and politics. Graduates of these majors are prepared for the study and practice of domestic and international economy. In addition, students are well prepared for advanced study in economics as well as fields such as law, management, and public policy.

Skills

The study of economics/political economy facilitates the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows.

Critical Thinking

  • Reasoned approach to problem solving
  • Critical evaluation of economic problems
  • Integration of domestic and international economic thought

Research

  • Applied statistics
  • Conducting research on economic policy
  • Presenting research findings
  • Critically evaluating research
  • Utilizing creativity in problem solving

Communication

  • Explaining economic phenomena
  • Writing effectively
  • Conveying complex information
  • Speaking to groups
Sample Internship Opportunities
  • Consulting (e.g., Accenture, Public Strategies INC.)
  • Financial Services/Economic Analysis (e.g., RGE Monitor, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Inc., CITI, Prudential Securities)
  • Government (e.g., USDA Economic research Services)
  • Operations (e.g., Dynamic Credit Partners, Goldman Sachs, Thompson McKinnon Securities)
  • Non-Profit Organizations (e.g., Higher Education Policy, Association of American Universities)
  • Public policy institutes (e.g., New America Foundation)
  • Tax firms (e.g., Deloitte & Touche, LLP, KPMG, PWC)
  • Trade and business councils (e.g., US-Russia Business Council)

Where are Georgetown Economics and Political Economy Majors Now?

  • Investment Banker
  • Financial Analyst
  • Insurance Broker
  • Consultant
  • Economic Analyst
  • Litigation Analysis
  • Forensic Economics
  • Statistician
  • Trade Specialist
  • Professor
  • Trade Researcher
  • Business Management
  • Financial Writer
  • Development Director
  • Department of Commerce
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Department of Labor
  • Treasury Department
  • Department of Agriculture
  • City Planner
Relevant Web Sites and Publications
Professional Organizations

American Economic Association
American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association
Committee for Economic Development
Economic Policy Institute
Economic Strategy Institute
National Association for Business Economics
Peterson Institute for International Economics
National Bureau of Economic Research

For information about career options, internships, and full-time opportunities, contact the Career Education Center at One Leavey Center, (202) 687-3493 or visit our Web site. For more information about the major and degree requirements, contact the Department of Economics at 580 ICC, (202) 687-5601.