Department of Economics

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Economics — one of the most popular majors at Brandeis — provides a lens through which we can better understand and improve our world.

Economics is the study of human choice and economic behavior. It helps explain the connections between individuals, institutions, and social outcomes. Whether you major or minor in economics, you will learn the general principles of economics, microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, statistics and econometrics, with an emphasis on analytic and quantitative approaches. Your economics degree will enable you to bring this knowledge to bear on a range of questions and challenges, such as economic development, income inequality, unemployment, inflation, and international trade.

While many people go on to pursue an advanced degree in economics, business, law or public policy, the BA degree in economics also prepares you for a career in business, technology, education, government — and beyond.

Why Brandeis?

At Brandeis, economics majors can capitalize on the presence of the Brandeis International Business School by taking graduate-level courses in economics and finance. They can also take advantage of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management by taking courses on health economics and public policy. Interdisciplinary courses that combine economics with other disciplines in the arts and sciences are also available.

Given the relentless globalization of the economy, study abroad is an ideal way for you to expose yourself to international and cross-cultural approaches to business, finance and politics. You may also opt to write an honors thesis.

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Student Spotlight

Ana Loza Perez
Ana Loza Perez ’24

Economics, Anthropology Major
Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Minor

Attracted to Brandeis for its social justice programs, school values and connection with alumni who visited her school in Mexico City, Ana had always planned on being an economics major. Economics and Anthropology? Ana feels that studying both has put her on a good course. One is analytical, the other is statistical with solutions, both of which she thoroughly enjoys. She was very pleased with the numerous course offerings in the Economics Department, which she feels “let her take advantage of learning about the many different areas in economics.” She really connected with the faculty. In particular, Prof. Montti, who teaches Latin American Economic Development, and says that she really “cares about her students.”

Another highlight was her experience studying economics abroad in Copenhagen. “I just adored it!”

Ana’s plan for the immediate future after graduating in May is to work for a year to gain some experience before applying to schools to earn her master's degree in economics.