• Economics Program

    Economics is the study of how people choose to use resources -- time and talent, land, equipment, finances, and buildings, among a host of other capital. It sounds simple, but the field encompasses just about everything we do from work to school to government to home to business.

    Hamline offers both a major and a minor in economics. The department strives to provide a strong foundation in economic theory within the critical thinking context of the liberal arts. Students will learn the underlying forces of economic cycles and the consequences of economic conditions on the decisions of leaders in all sectors. For the major, students take 11 courses; the minor is composed of six total courses. Economics is a suitable minor for virtually any field, including law, political science, communications, environmental studies, urban studies, sociology, and many others.

    Students are encouraged to study abroad. Hamline’s business program in Cologne, Germany, is popular among economics majors, but options abound -- students study in nearly 40 different countries throughout the globe. Majors also engage in independent and/or collaborative research. They often present their findings at national conferences where they network with professionals in the field. The majority of Hamline students participate in internships during their four years. The Career Development Center works with students to find internships appropriate to their post-graduate goals. Internships often lead to full-time positions upon graduation.

    Economics majors are equipped for a wide variety of fields and are in high demand. Careers include those in: banking, investment, political consulting, government, nonprofit organizations, academics, communications, journalism, writing/editing. Read more about life after Hamline.


    International Trade and Finance

    The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the evolving patterns of trade and investments in the global economic environment, as well as with the major issues confronting national and international institutions of trade and finance. Topics include: theories of foreign trade with perfect and imperfect competition, trade policy issues, protectionism, and U.S. trade policies. 


    Economics professor Jenny Keil is a trained $tart $mart facilitator -- a position through which she organizes and leads workshops that help college women learn about the gender gap and develop their negotiation skills.

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