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About the Program

Economics is a social science that studies how incentives shape the actions of consumers, firms and other organizations in both market and non-market settings. Economists also examine how the larger economy works by studying productivity, employment, inflation and growth. The undergraduate curriculum in economics trains you to use economic insights and tools to understand the world and provides you with the skills needed to pursue a fulfilling career and enjoy a lifetime of learning.

What Makes Us Different

  • Rankings

    Top 5% of all national undergraduate economics programs (Niche).

  • Among the first in the nation

    W&M has been teaching political economics since 1784.

  • Popular Major

    Around 150 economics majors graduate every year.

Applied Learning



The insights and tools of economics provide excellent preparation for a wide array of careers in both the private and public sectors. Many economics graduates attend law school or obtain graduate degrees in business, public policy, public health, or urban and regional planning. A substantial number of W&M economics majors go on to earn a Ph.D. in economics and pursue careers at colleges and universities, in government or in the private sector.

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*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.