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Important features of our program

  1. Economics majors can work one-on-one with faculty on publishable research projects.
  2. Choose from three tracks: Managerial Economics, Economic Theory and Policy, and Environmental Economics.
  3. Experience small class sizes, an unusually wide range of courses, and collaborating with students from several science and technology-related fields.
  4. Faculty teaching and research value interdisciplinarity.

Prospective Students

The Department of Economics at RIT offers a B.S. in Economics that emphasizes the quantitative analytical approach to dealing with economic problems in both the public and private sectors. The program prepares graduates for entry-level managerial & analyticalpositions in both industry and government, and to pursue graduate studiesin economics, business, or law. To learn more about our program, please explore our department website and our individual faculty websites. Please find below additional information related to admissions, financial aid, cooperative education, special opportunities in our department, and about our student Economics Club and Honors Society.

Admissions and Financial Aid

We hope you will consider applying to our program in Economics. For more information on undergraduate admission, please visit RIT’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. For complete financial aid information, please visit RIT’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Cooperative Education

RIT has a rich cooperative education history and we strongly encourage Economics students to participate. Previous opportunities for Economics students include Citibank, Excellus, Fidelity, the New York State Department of Labor, the US Department of the Census, and the US Department of the Treasury. For further information regarding these opportunities, please see RIT’s Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services website.

Special Opportunities

Double majors

Economics students have the opportunity to complete a second major in several subjects. In many cases, the double major can be completed with fewer than five additional credit hours; in some cases, no additional credit hours are necessary. Please see our double major curriculum page for additional information.

Research Assistantships

Economics students may apply for a research assistantship. Research assistants work with an Economics professor to assist with the professor's research project. Research assistantships are paid positions that span approximately 50 hours during the academic year.

Teaching Assistantships

Economics students are eligible to apply for a teaching assistantship. Teaching assistants work with a professor in the department and tutor students in Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics courses. Teaching assistantships are paid positions that span an average of 4 hours per week per semester.

Funded Independent Research

Every Economics student has the opportunity to conduct his/her own research, receive academic credit, and obtain funds to carry it out. Students select their own topic or pick one suggested by an Economics professor, subject to departmental approval, and submit a proposed budget. The student will then work with an individual professor who will oversee the project and assign the grade.

Economics Club and Honors Society

Economics Club

The Economics Club is a student-managed organization that provides a forum for student fellowship in general and discussions of timely economic topics in particular. The Economics Club meets weekly on campus in the early evening. For further information regarding the Club, including its meeting schedule, please contact Economics Department Senior Staff Assistant, Ms. Cathy Claus, at cabgsm@rit.edu.

Omicron Delta Epsilon - International Honor Society for Economics

Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honors Society in economics, is the world's largest economics undergraduate honorary society. Students who have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and have completed at least four Economics courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for membership. Membership in the society includes a subscription to The American Economist, the economics journal of ODE, and provides an outlet for the publication of refereed undergraduate research. For more information, please visit the ODE national office website and/or contact RIT's ODE faculty advisor, Professor Brìd Gleeson Hanna.