The economics major emphasizes the quantitative analytical approach to dealing with economic problems in both the public and private sectors, providing students with marketable skills and the intellectual foundation for career growth. Graduates are prepared for entry-level managerial and analytical positions in both industry and government and to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, and law.
- Bachelor of Science
- Approximately 20 students enrolled in this program
Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component
- Co-op is optional for this program
- Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 12 weeks/semester
- Co-op availability: second-year and third-year summer term
Salary InformationCo-op: ID
Student Skills & CapabilitiesCurriculum: Students take rigorous and challenging required courses specifically designed to develop the ability to apply economic analysis to real world problems. Students take an Economics core curriculum and then choose courses in one of three tracks: Managerial Economics, Economic Theory and Policy, or Environmental Economics. Quantitative analytical skills are developed by a course sequence that includes computer science, mathematics, and statistics courses. Professional electives allow students to pursue advanced study in their individual areas of interest including double majors and minors. Along with finance, marketing, mathematics, statistics, and computer science there are many other possibilities, limited only by the student’s creativity in designing a personalized program of study.
Equipment & FacilitiesRIT Economics students have access to PC and Mac hardware labs, and to standard software, including proprietary packages such as Microsoft Office, Adobe, ESRI (ArcGIS), MATLAB, Minitab, and SAS as well as opportunities to work with open source software such as Python and R.
Professional and Technical Skills
RIT economics students gain skills in data analysis, data organization and presentation, combining quantitative and qualitative evidence to frame problems and design solutions, written and oral communication, abstract thinking, and optimization.
Job TitlesEconomist, Business Economist, Government Economist, and Academic Economist Other types of economists include, Behavioral Economist, International Economist, and Public Finance Economists.
Selected Employer Hiring PartnersUS Bureau of Census, Dean Witter Reynolds, First Federal Savings and Loan, M&T Bank, NYS Department of Labor, City of Alexandria, VA, Smith Barney
Contact UsWe appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Julian Huenerfauth, the career services coordinator who works with the Economics program. You can access information about services through our web site at www.rit.edu/careerservices.
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