Offered by the Economics department.

You’ll find economics at the intersection of business and social science. It’s about understanding how current events and conditions shape individuals and impact society—and how to use data to find and tell those stories. Choose electives or add a minor for a deeper dive into national and global issues that matter to you, such as health, gender, race, banking, politics, and international trade. A background in economics—and the analytical, research, and writing skills you’ll develop while studying it—can lead to many career paths including data science, journalism, finance, marketing, product development, and public policy.



98% of Economics majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *



*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 75% for the classes of 2014-2018

of Economics majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Annuities Sales Associate, Prudential Financial
  • Associate Business Analyst, BNY Mellon
  • Associate Investment Consultant, CreditEase Wealth Management
  • Financial Analyst, American Airlines
  • Hedge Fund Services, J.P. Morgan

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Simmons College
  • Tufts University
  • University of Connecting

Wheaton Economics majors are eligible for accelerated admission to the Masters in Business Administration program at Bridgewater State University.

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

Emmanuel Noi Omaboe II

2021, Economics

Keefe Family Foundation Work and Learning Fellows Endowment

Faculty-led Trip: "Innovation and Social Change in Emerging Economies", Accra, Ghana

This experience positively impacted my career development because it taught me how to work better with people in groups and impact the lives of others.

Oluwadamilola Olubusi

2020, Economics

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

Prestige Style Fashion, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Prestige gave me the opportunity to work in a diverse and dynamic environment and the space to work creatively, as well as make impactful connections.

Yajing Zhang

2020, Economics, Mathematics

Keefe Family Foundation Work and Learning Fellows Endowment

Ernst & Young, Qingdao, Shandong Province, China

This experience made me more prepared for the accounting field, and gave me some direction about what I want to do in the future.

John Giberti

2020, Business and Management, Economics

Stephen E. and Carol M. Canter '66 Endowed Fund for Experiential Learning

Prospect Hill Winery, Lebanon, ME

This experience allowed me to draw upon my knowledge of business and to use what I learned in my biology courses. This internship gave me great insight into what it takes to run a small business.

Troy Duffy

2021, Business and Management, Economics

Caroline C. Edwards '70 Current Use Internship Fund

Shea and Co. CPAs Inc., Honolulu, HI

This internship helped me to realize that accounting is the right field for me, and that cautiousness and patience are keys to success.

Daniela Cruz

2020, Economics

1986 Navigator Fund

Instituto Técnico Progresivo, San Jose, Costa Rica

I worked with a business involved with the government of Costa Rica, and I was able to directly apply what I learned in my economic development class to a real-life experience.


Lord Andzie-Quainoo

Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics

Phoebe Chan

Associate Professor of Economics; Chair, Department of Economics

James Freeman

Associate Professor of Economics

John Alexander Gildea

Professor of Economics

Rochelle (Shelly) Leibowitz

Professor of Mathematics, Emerita

John Miller

Professor of Economics; Public Policy Studies Program Coordinator

Russell Williams

Professor of Economics; Urban Studies Program Coordinator

Brenda Wyss

Professor of Economics; Coordinator of Development Studies