About the Economics Program
The economics major provides students with a comprehensive understanding of fundamental principles that underlie the functioning of the market system and the national and international economy and the analytical and quantitative skills needed for a thoughtful assessment of current economic issues and policies. Additionally, the major prepares students for graduate work in business and economics and careers with business and government.
The department houses a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics.
What can an Economics major do?
Economics majors and minors have multiple opportunities throughout their four years at Muhlenberg to research the topics that interest them most. Students explore the many applications of economic models by looking at how traditional theories apply to unorthodox situations or by developing theories of their own.
"In my final paper for Dr. Raymond's Econometrics class (ECN 350), I developed an econometric model of box office revenue based on Google search volume. Dr. Raymond suggested I submit the paper to an undergraduate economics conference at the Federal Reserve of Dallas. My paper was accepted, and I received funds from both the ABEF Department and the Office of Academic Life to fly out to Texas to present my paper. I worked closely with my advisor, Dr. Laposata, to prepare my 20 minute presentation; he and his wife accompanied me to Dallas for the conference."
"The conference was a lot larger than I had expected, but this only enhanced the experience. I had a great time listening to the presentations of all of my peers, and even presenting my own work (though that was a bit more nerve-wracking). My paper and presentation received a lot of positive feedback, and some of the commenters gave me ideas for my next research endeavor. Aside from the academic aspect, I enjoyed traveling with Dr. Laposata and getting to talk with him about all sorts of topics completely unrelated to economics. Thanks to Dr. Raymond and Dr. Laposata, I was able to take my work to an entirely new level, and have a lot of fun along the way."