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Economics at Providence College

A successful and impactful career in economics today requires much more than knowledge of economics; it requires that we go beyond the “what” and have the ability to answer the big questions of “what then?” That’s why our program is designed to not only provide knowledge of economics but an understanding of the social science that gives that knowledge critical context in the real world.

While the focus of an economics education is centered on the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services, our program takes pride in being well-rounded— a fitting approach to a discipline with deep roots in the liberal arts. Yes, you’ll learn about business analysis, economic forecasting, and probability theory. You’ll also hone your writing skills, enhance your reading and listening capabilities, and develop your ability to think creatively — in short, you’ll be in demand after you graduate.


Department of Economics
Accinno Hall 208
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

The economics major serves as the core program of the Department of Economics. The major prepares students for entry into a profession, as well as for graduate work in economics, business, or related disciplines.

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Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics

The business economics major is designed for the student who expects to be working in the business or government sectors of the economy, but wishes to take advantage of liberal arts courses in philosophy, humanities, and social sciences to acquire the flexibility necessary to master new information and to succeed in new situations. This concentration differs from the economics major in the breadth of knowledge required of functional business fields and in areas of application of economic analysis.

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Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics – STEM

The quantitative economics major allows students to develop strong quantitative skills within the context of economics and is an ideal course of study for the student who plans to pursue graduate work in economics, business, or other areas in the social sciences. It also prepares students for immediate employment in careers requiring economic research.

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Labor-Management Relations Program

The Labor-Management Relations Program consists of six required courses and three elective courses. The objectives of the program include gaining an insight into the relationship that exists among workers, unions, and employers at the workplace and developing an appreciation of the unique contributions that labor and management make under the American enterprise system.

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Students who wish to complement another major area of study with economics knowledge may minor in economics by completing six courses in the discipline, including Principles of Economics Micro and Macro along with both Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Analysis and a choice of any other two economics courses.

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Apply for membership in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics


Our distinguished faculty members have expertise in areas ranging from health economics to international finance. They hold Ph.D.s from institutions that include NYU, Yale, Oxford, and Columbia; they have earned prestigious fellowships in economics as well as awards for excellence in teaching; and they have demonstrated expertise in their fields through published works in scholarly journals and presentations at national and international conferences.


Student Engagement

One of the hallmarks of our programs is the emphasis the Economics Department puts on engaging students in research and participation in internships.


The Economics Department believes that involving students in hands-on research is key to their economics education. To that end, the department has a series of research courses that allow students to work alongside faculty members on faculty research projects.  Students who enroll in one of these courses will receive academic credit that can be used towards their economics degree. Below is an example.

read about Eileen Cooney ’23’s research


The Economics Department also places an emphasis on internships as they give the student the opportunity to put their economics skills to work at for profit and nonprofit business organizations and governmental agencies.  These internships often lead to job offers for graduating students.

Economics Internships




of 2018-2022 economics graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


are employed only


are attending school only


are employed and attending school

Due to rounding, some totals may not correspond with the sum of the separate figures.

Selected Places of Employment/Service

American Mutual Insurance
Bank of America
Baystate Financial
Brown Brothers Harriman
Business Intelligence Advisors
Chicago Cubs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Edward Jones
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Trade Commission

Fidelity Investments
Goldman Sachs
Liberty Mutual
Merrill Lynch
Northwestern Mutual
Raytheon Technologies
Ross Stores, Inc.
State Street
The Hartford
Travelers Insurance
Wells Fargo

Selected Graduate Schools

Boston College
Clemson University
Duke University
Fordham University
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
London School of Economics
New England Law
Northeastern University
Providence College
Southern Methodist University
St. Joseph University
Syracuse University College of Law
Tulane University Law School
University of Chicago
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of Notre Dame
University of Rhode Island


Maureen Medeiros

Administrative Coordinator

Michael Mathes, Ph.D.

Interim Chairperson
Accinno Hall, 208E