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Goals for Economics Students

  • Each student shall understand fundamental economic theory.
  • Each student shall comprehend how economic models are formulated and tested.
  • Each student shall gain an understanding of economic institutions and be able to put them in sociological, economic, and political contexts.

Department Emphases

An economics student will master the analytical tools necessary to evaluate personal choices, private business decisions, and government policies. The diversity of our course work can teach students to:

  • Recognize the influences of taxes and government spending on the economy.
  • Measure movements in interest rates.
  • Understand policies made by the Federal Reserve.
  • Determine the value of international currencies.
  • Interpret the influence of events in other parts of the world on the United States' economy.
  • Evaluate the effect of legal structures on economic efficiency.

Students may pursue an economics major from within the School of Arts and Sciences or the Robins School of Business. Liberal arts students earn a Bachelor of Arts degree; business students earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in economics.

Upper-level elective courses are offered in many areas, including macro economics, environmental economics, international economics, economic history, public policy, labor, and quantitative economics.

Options in the Study of Economics

There are various options available to the liberal arts student or the business student.

Major
Students may major in economics by completing a required number of units of coursework in the department. Requirements for the major include: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Introductory Econometrics, the Senior Economics Capstone Seminar, and four additional economics courses chosen by the student.

Mathematical Economics Major
Arts and Sciences students may choose a combined Mathematical Economics major. Economics department requirements for the major include: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, Introductory Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, and additional electives chosen from 300-level Economics courses. In addition, a number of mathematics courses are required.

Minor
Arts and Sciences students may also minor in economics. Requirements for the minor include: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Microeconomic Theory, Macroeconomic Theory, and two additional economics courses chosen by the student.

Concentration
Business school students majoring in business administration may choose an economics concentration by choosing four Economics courses. Liberal arts students majoring in international studies may pursue a concentration in international economics.

The Learning Environment

Each major is assigned to a faculty advisor within the economics department. The advisor will help the student arrange a schedule of coursework and advise students about degree.

To promote interaction with the professor, upper level class sizes are limited to 25 students. Professors also maintain office hours that are convenient for students. If problems arise, students are encouraged to visit the professor's office and seek additional help.

Sample list of graduate schools accepting recent economics graduates:

Duke University
Emory University
Georgetown University
Johns Hopkins University
Miami University
Stanford University
University of Alabama
University of Chicago
University of Georgia
University of Rochester
University of Texas
University of Virginia

Sample list of companies hiring recent economics graduates:

Bain & Co.
Barclays
BB&T Corporation
Berkeley Research Group
Bloomberg
Capital One
Citigroup
Deloitte Consulting
Ernst & Young Consulting
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Federal Reserve Board of Governors
First Annapolis Consulting
Goldman Sachs
Harris Williams & Co.
HSBC
KPMG
KBW
MeadWestvaco
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
Teach for America
UBS
Wells Fargo

Transferring Courses from Other Institutions

To take an Economics course elsewhere (in the U.S.) and have it count for credit at the University of Richmond, you need to do the following, before you take the course:

  1. Provide the department chair (currently Professor Croushore, who can be reached at dcrousho@richmond.edu) with details about the course, including a syllabus for the course, if possible.
  2. Provide evidence that the college or university is accredited (send the department chair a link to the college website page where the college provides information on accreditation).

The department chair will then review the course information and determine if the course is comparable to our course. If it is comparable, then you may enroll for the course.

Note that Economics majors must take Econ 270, 271, and 272 at the University of Richmond; those courses will not be allowed to transfer from other universities.

Before you take the course, you must fill out a Transfer Work Approval Form and bring it to the department chair. After you take the course, you will also need to arrange to have a transcript for the course sent to the registrar’s office.

Courses at community colleges are not acceptable for transfer because they are not comparable to our courses. The department chair will not sign off on a course transfer if the information about the course suggests that you will learn substantially less than at the same course here at the University of Richmond. Online courses are never acceptable.

If you are taking a course as part of a study abroad program, you need to communicate with Professor Tom Cosse, the Associate Dean for International Programs, at tcosse@richmond.edu.

Overrides

During registration for courses, students often ask if they really need the listed prerequisites or if they may receive a prerequisite override. The Economics Department does not allow prerequisite overrides.

Economics Majors: Arts and Sciences versus Robins School of Business

Many students ask if they should get the Economics major in the School of Arts and Sciences or from the Robins School of Business. Our experience is that employers treat both degrees in the same way and that there is no systematic difference between the two degrees in terms of future outcomes, jobs, and salaries. Each student should determine if he or she want to take many business courses in addition to the Economics courses they need for the degree; if so, then an Economics major in the Robins School of Business is appropriate. If a student would prefer taking a wider variety of courses in the sciences or liberal arts, then an Economics major in the School of Arts and Sciences makes more sense.

General Information

The links below provide additional information on various aspects of the Economics programs.

Spring 2019 Economics Offerings 

Majors and Courses in Economics 

Careers in Economics

Mathematical Economics Flyer and Careers  

Honors Program in Economics 

PPEL Program 

ISIE Program

Advising Sheets

Econ Major in Robins School

Econ Major in Arts and Sciences

Econ Concentration in Robins School

Math Econ Major in Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Economics

Robins School of Business
102 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Department Chair
Dean Croushore, Ph.D.
Q365
(804) 287-1961
dcrousho@richmond.edu 

Department Coordinator
Tricia Fanney
RSB 303
(804) 289-8587
pfanney@richmond.edu