What will I learn?

The Economics program at Fairfield University prepares students for careers in the private and public sectors, at both the domestic and international levels, as economists, analysts, and upper-level managers.

Led by a devoted faculty, students challenge economic theories while using advanced technology in the classroom. Students blend modern economic concepts with current issues, developing their reasoning and critical thinking ability. Our curriculum provides students with traditional business skills such as data analysis, statistics and numerical research along with a rich liberal arts education to help them judge the merits of world markets and events.

The curriculum of the Department of Economics blends basic economic concepts and their applications with contemporary issues. Courses develop reasoning capacity and analytical ability in students. By focusing on areas of application, students use economic principles to stimulate their powers of interpretation, synthesis, and understanding. The department's individualized counseling encourages majors to tailor their study to career and personal enrichment goals. A major in economics provides an excellent background for employment in the business world while maintaining the objectives of a liberal education. The economics degree pairs nicely with a wide variety of double majors and minors, including finance, math, international studies, area studies, and other social sciences. In fact, many economic elective courses ?double count? towards other major, minor, and core requirements. Economics majors regularly use a variety of up-to-date analytical tools, including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and are introduced to Stata, a sophisticated statistical package. The economics major also prepares students for advanced study in graduate or professional schools.

Goal I: Students will understand the tradeoffs between efficiency and equity that are made as resources are allocated among economic actors

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to

Appraise various market models

Use welfare measures to analyze economic tradeoffs

Goal II: Students will describe economic concepts and apply them to real world issues.

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to

Use theory to explain economic events

Evaluate the success or failure of policies used to achieve intended economic outcomes

Goal III: Students will acquire quantitative skills to analyze data and use that data and analysis to support logical positions

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to

Acquire data-gathering skills in order to analyze an existing economic argument or present an economic argument of their own

Experience using statistical software packages to analyze economic data,

Formulate empirically testable hypotheses

Goal IV: Students will use qualitative and quantitative models to interpret the impact of public policy choices

Learning Objectives: Students will be able to

Identify how economic policies can be utilized to overcome market inadequacies

Construct economic arguments using both quantitative and non-quantitative forms of evidence

Bachelor of Arts Degree

With its focus on policy analysis and business applications, this degree is designed for students who plan to enter the job market in business or government, or who plan to study business or law at the graduate level.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$47,650.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2019


College of Arts and Sciences

1073 North Benson Road,



6824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have successful completion of secondary education.

For international students

Students are required to complete secondary education or equivalent

English Language scores - IELTS, a minimum score of a 6.5 is required; minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language is the preferred documentation

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