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.
Why Study Economics at Rollins
In addition to the essential micro/macro/statistical core, you’ll develop a greater depth of knowledge via courses that explore alternative economic approaches.
From China to Croatia, you’ll explore how the world works through field studies and study abroad programs across the globe. In the classroom, our professors teach you to analyze economic situations through an international lens.
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.
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“Studying economics at Rollins prepared me both to understand the models and equations that economists use and to recognize the often overlooked fact that political applications of economics are not value-neutral. Through exposure to various schools of economic thought, Rollins prepared me to think critically and prepared me for a career in law and political theory.”
Rollins Economics Careers
Rollins economics grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations and most prestigious institutions.
Cameron Dawson ’10 ’12MBA
Chief Market Strategist, Fieldpoint Private
Michael Schweizer ’15
Strategy & Analytics, Capital One
Michael Deng ’15
Quality Assurance Trainer, Gilead Sciences
Collyn Welsch ’15’17MBA
Marketing Senior Specialist, AdventHealth
Mimi Houston ’10
Mission Coordinator, Space for Humanity
Jamie Ngo ’18
Associate, Private Markets, Asante Capital Group
Real World Experience
From internships to research opportunities, economics grads hone their skills in the real world.
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, 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, monetary theory, and macroeconomic implications while charting the relationship between Federal Reserve and depository institutions.
ECO 308 European Economies
Analyze European economic developments from the Communist period to the post-Communist years 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 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.
A Day in the Life of a Rollins Economics Major
“The true value of my Rollins education and my time as an economics major is the learned ability to think outside of the box and to break all glass ceilings through the power of education and being an informed global citizen.”
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.
With their international background, elite credentials, and diverse economic ideologies, our expert faculty have crafted a unique liberal arts economics program where mainstream ideas are placed in historical context and economic alternatives are explored.
Department of Economics
Benjamin Balak, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Research interests: History of economic thought, economic history, methodology, philosophy and ethics, comparative economic systems and cultures, and economic rhetoric
Phil Kozel, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Research interests: Property rights in general and intellectual property, economic theory, economic history, and Marxian economics
Martina Vidovic, PhD
Associate Professor of Economics
Research interests: Applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, environmental economics with an emphasis on effectiveness of voluntary pollution-reduction programs
Anca M. Voicu, PhD
Professor of Economics
Research interests: International trade theory and policy, genetic algorithms applied to trade modeling, empirical trade models of the inter-war years, the impact of trade on the environment, economics and culture