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Economics

Learn more about the economics degree program at Rollins College.
Expert Faculty

Expert Faculty

With their international background, elite credentials, and diverse economic ideologies, our expert faculty have crafted a unique liberal arts economics program where mainstream economic ideas are placed in historical context and economic alternatives are explored.

Why Study Economics at Rollins

From wealth inequality and globalization to education and climate change, studying economics puts you at the center of the 21st century’s most pressing challenges. As a result, today’s economics students will be among tomorrow’s most influential citizens and policymakers, playing a key role in helping shape sustainable global societies.

As an economics major at Rollins, you’ll consider behavior in economic history and alternative perspectives alongside traditional analysis, preparing you to examine theories and policies from multiple angles. You’ll engage in hands-on learning with personalized attention, developing critical thinking, communication, and analytical skills that are increasingly valued by both graduate schools and employers in fields from law and public policy to business and finance.

Ideological Diversity In addition to the essential micro/macro/statistical core, you’ll develop a greater depth of knowledge via courses that explore alternative economic approaches.

Global Perspective From China to Croatia, you’ll explore how the world works through field studies and study abroad programs that teach you to analyze economic situations through an international lens.

Teaching Excellence No overflowing lecture halls here. All of our small, discussion-based classes are taught by full-time faculty who have earned multiple awards and terminal degrees in the field.

Popular Courses

Our innovative curriculum empowers students to examine economics from multiple perspectives, view policies in their social and historical contexts, and understand the international effects of economic policy. The core curriculum provides economics majors with the foundation to pursue either economic theory or applied economics.

  • ECO 202 Introduction to Economics in Historical Perspective Explore economics as a social science in which ideas and issues grow out of a historical context, examine the evolution of relationships among societies and institutions in different systems, and learn how to apply that knowledge to contemporary issues.

  • ECO 306 Monetary Economics Examine financial markets and institutions, monetary theory, and macroeconomic implications, and chart the relationship between Federal Reserve and depository institutions, as well as effects of monetary and fiscal policies on economic performance.

  • ECO 308 European Economies Analyze European economic developments from the Communist period (1950-1989) to the post-Communist years (1990-present) and explore the interconnectedness of economies in Eastern and Western Europe and their current economic relationships.

  • ECO 312 Alternative Economic Perspectives Consider and apply alternative economic perspectives to economic policy issues and problems, and compare the values, theories, methods, analysis, and policies of these different economic approaches.

  • ECO 370 The Economics of Piracy From the high seas to DVDs, explore the economic implications of, and rationale for, piracy in detail and examine the evolution of piracy with changing technology and legal innovations.

  • ECO 407 International Finance Consider balance-of-payments adjustment mechanisms and impacts on domestic economies, and examine exchange rate regimes, international capital flows, and the objectives and effects of international monetary standards.

Beyond the Classroom

Community Connections In Zhaochang Peng’s course, The Global Economy, students explore the economic relationship between the developed and developing worlds by partnering with local direct-trade coffee shop, Downtown Credo. That’s just one example of the opportunities economics majors have to hone their knowledge and skills through real-world applications.

Real Research At Rollins, every economics major has the opportunity to conduct, publish, and present real-world research alongside our expert faculty, giving them a competitive advantage in the job market and graduate school.

Student-Led Organizations From our chapter of the international economics honors society Omicron Delta Epsilon to the Rollins Investment Club, you’ll sharpen your economic acumen through an array of student-led organizations.

Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements

Contact Info

Department of Economics
Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave. – 2751
Winter Park, FL 32789 
T. 407.646.2569
F. 407.646.2485
Department of Economics Website
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