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For Prospective Students

Why We're Different

We are ranked in the top third of all U.S. undergraduate Economics programs

W&M was the first U.S. college to teach Political Economy – our program dates back to 1784

Strong quantitative and theoretical grounding

Insight on contemporary policy issues

A wide choice of electives

Opportunities for individual research

Excellent preparation for graduate work and employment in the private and public sectors

Our Economics students study how existing resources are allocated, how new resources are created, and how incentives shape actions in both market and non-market settings. 

Degree Programs

Courses topics range from micro- and  macroeconomics to game theory, time-series econometrics, and African economic development. See the Undergraduate Catalog to explore the complete list of Economics courses.


Our faculty research areas encompass Development Economics, Economic History, Environmental Economics and Climate Change, Health Policy, Industrial Organization, International Trade, Labor Economics and Inequality, Macroeconomics, Public Economics, and Sports Economics. Undergraduate students participate in research as assistants or by investigating their own research questions.

Student Activities

The student-run Econ Club sponsors seminars on current topics and organizes panel discussions about graduate school and job prospects. 


Our alumni work for consulting companies and multinationals, join government agencies, or pursue careers in the nonprofit sector. Some choose to attend graduate programs in economics and other fields. 

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