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Department of Economics

Undergraduate Economics

Graduate Study in Public Policy

Students pursuing graduate training in public policy should take a variety of upper level courses (those numbered 250 and above) that relate to policy areas of interest. Econ 251 Wages, Employment, and Labor Markets, Econ 254 Public Finance, Econ 279 Urban Economics, and Econ 285 Law and Economics are good examples. Participation in the Honors Program (see below) may also develop research skills that are useful in policy careers. Econ 253 Econometrics may be especially valuable in exploring policy issues.

Students interested in careers in public policy may seek masters degrees in public policy or public administration. Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, Syracuse’s Maxwell School, and Georgia State’s Andrew Young School, offer such degree programs.

Students interested in international affairs may consider the following courses: Econ 263 International Trade, Econ 264 Open Economy Macroeconomics, Econ 271 Economic History of Europe, Econ 287 European Economic Integration, and Econ 288 Development Economics.

Tuft’s Fletcher School, Hopkins’ SAIS, Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Kentucky’s Patterson School offer master programs in international relations that may be relevant to careers in diplomacy or international business. Study of foreign languages is essential.