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Earning a bachelor's degree in economics is an important step to understanding the language of money, how it moves across the world, and how it can be used to influence decisions. 

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Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Preparation
Internships & Work Experience

Why McDaniel for Economics?

At McDaniel College, the economics major offers students a well-rounded education while also preparing them for a variety of career paths. Graduates of this program are equipped for roles in business and finance, as well as government positions such as economic analysis, administration, and foreign service. For those interested in pursuing further education, completing graduate study in a university can lead to professional careers in law, business, and economics.

Pathways to Success: McDaniel Graduates Pursuing Advanced Degrees

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McDaniel College BA/MS Pathways M.S. in Data Analytics from McDaniel College Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs

McDaniel offers 5-year programs resulting in a Master of Science in Data Analytics in the following degree programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Marketing.

McDaniel undergraduate students who decide to pursue these new degree options would apply in their junior year and would complete two graduate courses during their senior year.

Graduate School Partnership Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 Program Provides Option to earn Joint Degree

Through a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, McDaniel students have the opportunity to earn a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree from both institutions.

Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Graduate School Partnership Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business Preferred Admission to Four Master’s Degree Programs

McDaniel College and Duquesne University have formed a new partnership that gives McDaniel undergraduate students in the Economics and Business Administration department, as well as eligible alumni, preferred admission to four master’s degree programs at Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Photo courtesy of Duquesne University Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Future Opportunities

Graduates of McDaniel's Economics program distinguish themselves by being accepted into some of the finest graduate schools in business, economics, and law, including:

  • Columbia
  • Dartmouth
  • Duke
  • Harvard
  • Johns Hopkins
  • Vanderbilt

Where our graduates are now

  • Allegis Group
  • Bank of America
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Deloitte and Touche
  • Department of Energy
  • Smith Barney/Citigroup
  • T. Rowe Price

Distinctive Courses

STA 2218 - Data Analytics

The material covered in this course directly follows from that covered in Introduction to Statistics (STA 2215). The primary focus is on linear regression analysis. In short, regression analysis is a powerful statistical tool that can be used to detect and estimate relationships between variables in a data set. Statistical analysis in general, and regression analysis in particular, are core components of data analytics. This course emphasizes the application of learned techniques. A significant portion of the course is dedicated to using statistical software and real data sets to gain hands on experience conducting regression analysis.

ECO 3304 - International Economics

The principles of international trade and finance: study of classic trade theories, trade policy, exchange rate markets, balance of payments, trade and growth/development, open economy business cycles, international organizations, and exchange rate policy.

ECO 3305 - American Economic History

This course is an interdisciplinary one which will use economic methods to analyze and interpret various episodes in U.S. History. Topics to be covered will include: colonial and antebellum money and banking; productivity growth and the secular change to manufacturing economy; slavery; the Civil War; growth of railroads; the gold standard; and the Great Depression.

ECO 4310 - Money and Financial Markets

The study of the financial sector and its importance: market structure and financial instruments, asset pricing and interest rate determination, the operations and behavior of banks and other financial institutions, money-creation and central banking, and the interrelationship between money and financial markets and the macro economy.

Economics Program Requirements

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Experiential Learning Senior Capstone Business, Accounting, Economics

Carly Weetman, Business and Economics major, and Andrew Roberts, Economics and Accounting major, talk about their senior capstone — their study on how the move from a Communist economy to a more privatized one affected the Tiehua artwork industry in China, as the culmination of their training at McDaniel.

Valerie Lamb ’18 at her summer internship at the U.S. Mint.

Real World Experience U.S. Mint internship is priceless experience

Before Valerie Lamb ’18 reported to work for her summer internship, she knew little about the U.S. Mint or its Heritage Assets Program. The Miami native had never lived in Washington, D.C., nor learned to navigate its metro system. She was uncertain if she would like the work and nervous about managing life in the city. But Lamb, a Political Science & International Studies major with an Acting minor, recognized the valuable opportunity and seized it.

Q&A with Economics Professor Kevin McIntyre

What do you hope students take away from your courses?
They have to know that the Law of Demand is never, ever violated. Beyond that, two things: first, to always think in terms of incentives, costs, and benefits, in other words, to know how to think things through like an economist. Second, always, always, always question conventional wisdom.
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