Economics

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As an economics major, you can take a broad range of courses in such fields as economic theory, econometrics, money and banking, international economics, economic history, growth and development and industrial organization. You can also study the new field of behavioral economics, which attempts to improve economic analyses by incorporating insights from psychology, and take a new seminar that facilitates collaboration among economists and psychologists and draws students into faculty research.

Requirements

Want to start right away? Here are some basic requirements for students wanting to major in Economics. Keep in mind this isn’t the complete list of formal requirement — that list can be found on the Courses of Study page.

Before applying for admission to the Economics Major, you need to complete ECON 1110, ECON 1120, and MATH 1110 (or equivalents).For the major, you need to take 12 courses listed by the Department of Economics, or approved by the student’s major advisor, that satisfy these requirements:

  • Except for ECON 1110 and ECON 1120, all courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.
  • All students must take four core economics courses, one each in:
    • Microeconomics: ECON 3030
    • Macroeconomics: ECON 3040
    • Statistics: ECON 3110 or ECON 3130.
    • Econometrics: ECON 3120 or ECON 3140.
  • All students must take at least three courses at the 4000-level or higher. 
  • See additional requirements on the department website.

Sample classes

  • Financial Economics
  • Economics and the Law
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Economics of Collective Bargaining

Outcomes

All information below is based on the 2018 First-Destination Survey. Lists are not exhaustive; rather, they are a sampling of the data. If you would like to more information, please email as_careers@cornell.edu

79%   Employed
18%   Attending Grad School
2%     Seeking Employment
1%     Other

Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch were the top employers of 2018 Economics Graduates.

Top Employment Sectors

  • Financial Services (54%)
  • Consulting/Prof. Practice (20%)
  • Technology (7%)
  • Retail (4%)
  • Communications/Media (2%), Real Estate (2%), Government (2%), Law (2%), Education (2%), Nonprofit Organization (2%)

Where 2018 Economics Graduates Work

Employer Job Titles
Abercrombie & Fitch Business Analyst
Abt Associates Research Assistant
ADP Account Executive
Albright Stonebridge Group Associate
Aligne Wealth Preservation & Insurance Services   Portfolio Management Associate
Applied Underwriters Premium Auditor
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Analyst
M&A Investment Banking Analyst
Quantitative Management Analyst
Risk Analyst
Barclays Emerging Markets Credit Trading Analyst
Investment Banking Analyst
Barron International Group Investment Banking Analyst
Bates White Economics Consultant
Bellwether Asset Management Real Estate Asset Management Analyst
Belvedere Trading LLC Derivatives Trader
BlackRock Equity Investment Analyst
Blackstone Software Engineer
Bloomberg Sales and Analytics
BTIG Investment Banking Analyst
Bytedance Data Analyst
Capital Group Companies Equity Research Associate
Capital One Business Analyst
Commercial Banking Analyst
Central Bank of Malaysia Associate Analyst
Citi Investment Banking Analyst
Compass Lexecon Analyst
Deloitte Consulting Associate Consultant
Financial Risk and Advisory Associate
Strategy Consulting Analyst
Deutsche Bank Analyst
EAB Business Development Associate
Eastdil Secured, LLC Real Estate Analyst
Evercore Partners Restructuring Analyst
EY Analyst
Business Advisor Program
Business Advisory Consultant
Staff Consultant
Gap, Inc. Inventory Management Analyst
Goldman Sachs Financial Analyst
Fixed Income Analyst
Investment Banking Analyst
Technology Analyst
Guggenheim Partners Equity Research Associate
Hamilton Lane Private Equity Fund Investment Analyst
IBM Business Transformation Consultant
Digital Seller
ICF International Energy Analyst
ITG Product Manager
JPMorgan Chase & Co. Commercial Real Estate Analyst
Corporate Client Banking Analyst
Credit Risk Analyst
Komodo Health Data Engineer
Korn Ferry Organizational Strategy Analyst
KPMG M&A Deal Advisory Analyst
London Stock Exchange Rotational Program
Macy's EDP - Investor Relations
Morgan Stanley Credit Risk Analyst
Investment Banking Analyst
NYC Economics Development Corporation Initiatives Project Support Coordinator
Nomura Investment Banking Analyst
Optiver Trader
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Litigation Paralegal
PIMCO Product Analyst
PNC Financial Services Capital Market Analyst
PwC Advisory Associate
Consultant
Roark Capital Private Equity Analyst
Samsung Experiential Marketing Coordinator
Societe Generale Investment Banking Analyst
Square, Inc Software Engineer
The Brattle Group Research Analyst
UBS Investment Banking Analyst
University of Chicago Research Professional
Vanguard Investment Management Development Program  
Vidmob Project Coordinator
Wells Fargo Financial Analyst
ZS Associates Strategy Insights and Planning Associate

Top Graduate Fields Pursued

  • Law (19%)
  • Computer Science (15%)
  • Economics (11%)
  • Finance (11%)
  • Medicine (11%)
  • Asian Studies (4%), Environmental Engineering Mgmt. (4%), International Relations (4%), Management (4%), Public Policy (4%), Quantitative Methods - Social Sciences (4%), Environmental Geology (4%), Microbiology (4%)

Graduate Degrees Pursued

  • PhD (18%)
  • JD (14%)
  • MA (14%)
  • MS (11%)
  • MEng (11%)
  • MS (7%)
  • MD (7%)

Some of the Places 2018 Economics Graduates Study

  • Stanford University
  • London Business School
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • The University of Texas at Austin
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