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Department of Economics

Academic Program in Economics
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Perhaps the best way to understand the society you live in is to understand the economics that drive it. The study of economics will also enhance your fundamental analytic and quantitative skills.

Studying Economics at Colgate

If you're interested in economics, you can choose from the following majors:
It is also possible to pursue economics as a minor program of study. Approximately 15 percent of Colgate graduates choose to major or minor in economics.

Our curriculum covers topics ranging from decision making by consumers and firms, to the functioning and role of markets, to the evaluation of public policy at both the micro and macro levels. Economics is one of the larger departments at Colgate both in terms of faculty and student enrollment. We currently have 19 tenure-stream faculty.

Our world-class faculty are committed teachers who are also actively engaged in research and scholarship. Our faculty regularly engage undergraduate students in graduate-level research. You may find research opportunities in the year-long honors program, a summer research assistantship, or a senior seminar (which all students are required to take). Several economics faculty members have published journal articles with their students.

Another of our signature programs is the London Economics Study Group. Faculty members in the department take turns leading a group of our strongest economics students to London each year, typically during the student’s junior year. Many other economics students also study off campus through other programs.

Our graduates pursue careers in finance, consulting, law, business, public administration, and other fields. Many also receive graduate degrees at some point in their career. Recent grads have received PhD's in Economics from MIT, Yale, Cornell and Virginia.

Department Contacts

Chair: Chad Sparber
Administrative assistant: Marni Manwarren
Office: Persson Hall
Phone: 315-228-7533

Success after Colgate

Alumni who majored in the department are pursuing careers in a variety of fields. Check out just a few of the possibilities out there for our majors:

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Economics Research at Colgate

The faculty of the economics department maintain an active research agenda in a variety of fields. Much of our work can be found at:  We also jointly coordinate an active seminar series with the Economics department at nearby Hamilton College.