The Economics program is designed to introduce the basic theoretical and empirical techniques of economics. The major provides an opportunity to study economics as a social science with a core theory and to study the process of drawing inferences from data and historical evidence. The aim of the program is to develop students' ability to apply systematic economic thinking to social problems. Learn more »

The fourteen members of the department offer expertise in a variety of topics. In addition to theory courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and a course in economic statistics, students can take elective courses in environmental economics, labor economics, game theory, industrial organization, financial markets, Marx, business cycles, public finance, poverty, international trade and finance, econometrics, development economics, economic history, economics of technology, demographic economics, and law and economics.

Faculty members are active in research and publish articles in academic journals and edited collections, and write books.  Students can become involved as research assistants and/or conduct their own research under the guidance of a faculty member through an independent study.

Economics at Bowdoin offers introductory classes that are exclusively taught by professors. Although economics is a popular field and some 250 students each year complete these introductory courses, class size is no larger than forty.  All students therefore have the opportunity for substantial personal interaction with the instructor.  Introductory Microeconomics is the gateway course followed by Introductory Macroeconomics.  The cornerstone course is Intermediate Microeconomics, which is taught every semester.  Intermediate Macroeconomics follows Intermediate Microeconomics and is also taught every semester.

The Economics major includes seven courses beyond Principles.  Look for more detailed requirements here.  We also offer a joint Mathematics-Economics major for students with an interest in mathematics or who plan to go on to graduate school in economics.  Students can minor in Economics with any two courses beyond Intermediate Microeconomics.  Students interested in Finance can take a more prescribed set of courses beyond Intermediate Microeconomics to obtain a minor in Economics and Finance.  The Economics Department is involved in several interdisciplinary areas.  Selected economics courses are cross listed with Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, Environmental Studies and Women's Studies. 

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Curriculum & Requirements

Better LivingTo fulfill the major (or minor) requirements in economics, or to serve as a prerequisite for non-introductory courses, a grade of C- or better must be earned in a course. Courses required for the major must be taken on a graded basis.  Learn more »

After Graduation

Just about anything. Economics is one of the most versatile and useful majors because it hones your analytic and critical thinking abilities while you learn about the global economy. Learn more »