The goal of Hamilton’s Economics Department is to provide students with the foundational knowledge in economic theory and statistical methods and with the analytical and critical-thinking skills to use these tools to develop an understanding of both current and historical economic issues.

Do you want to engage in discussions about health care, financial markets, or Social Security reform? Or perhaps you'd like to investigate why working women earn a fraction of what men earn or the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving the environment or even the impact of our economy's growing globalization. If you are interested in developing a coherent framework to answer questions like these, then you should consider studying economics at Hamilton.

Students who concentrate in economics learn to identify economic issues and problems, to form hypotheses and to gather and use data to test these hypotheses. They also learn how to formulate policies to deal with economic problems and how to analyze both the intended and unintended effects of these policies.

A concentration in economics requires the completion of five required courses and four electives within the department. Economics majors do need to take calculus prior to taking some intermediate-level courses but do not need to have taken any economics in high school. To earn a minor in economics, a student must complete four required courses and one additional economics course of her or his choice.