Economics Class

The Economics department provides students who major in economics with a solid foundation in micro- and macro-economic theory, as well as methodology and several schools of economic thought wihin the framework of a liberal arts curriculum.

The core courses for all majors include ECON 160 Principles of Economics, ECON 202 Statistics, ECON 300 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory and Policy, ECON 304 Econometrics and ECON 305 Political Economy.

Economics offers a disciplinary major, a B.A., and a disciplinary minor. All departmental courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better in order to be credited towards the major; courses taken CR/NC may not be counted towards the major or minor.


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Requirements for the Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 11 courses

ECON 160; two topics/issues courses at the 100- or 200-level; ECON 202; the four core courses (ECON 300, ECON 301, ECON 304, ECON 305); and three additional upper-level courses. Students are encouraged to take at least one of the upper-level courses at the 400 level. Only one 450 (Independent Study) or 495 (Honors) can count towards the major.

Requirements for the Minor

disciplinary, 6 courses

ECON 160; two topics/issues courses; ECON 300; ECON 301; and one additional course at the 300- or 400-level.


Our students choose from a variety of introductory to advanced courses, each designed to provide students with a foundation in micro- and marcro-economic theory and methodology.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Economics a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

ECON 122 The Economics of Caring


Analyze and assess how our society cares for those who cannont provide for themselves, including children, the infirm and the elderly. Once you've identified fundamental social problems of society, examine how these problems have emerged and been perpetuated in SOC 258 Social Problems.

ECON 212 Environmental Economics


Strive to answer these pressing global economic questions: How much pollution is too much? Is government up to the job? How can we do better? How do we resolve global issues? Once you've explored the possible answers, examine the global organization of processes like agriculture, trade, migration, development, population growth and resource degradation in ENV 120 Human Geography and Global Economy.

ECON 310 Economics and Gender


Discuss the economics of family, household production and allocation of time, gender and the labor supply, and gender differences in occupation and earnings. Then, enroll in POL 238, Sex and Power, and critique the American political system in terms of equity, justice and representation.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.