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Economics Major and Minor

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Economics Major and Minor

Program Spotlight

The Department of Economics is home to the Economics major and minor, as well as an integrated undergraduate-graduate degree program (IUG), which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in five years. Economics students also have the option to participate in the department's honors program.

CARE Program

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CARE Program

Program Spotlight

The CARE Program helps women and traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students improve their chances of being admitted to graduate programs by bridging the gap between the undergraduate major and core courses in graduate studies. Each CARE student is matched with a faculty mentor, and the program holds monthly research seminars.

STEM Designation

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STEM Designation

Program Spotlight

All international Penn State students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Economics can graduate with a STEM extension, which means they get two extra years to find work in the United States before their visas expire.

Emily Hu

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Emily Hu

Student Spotlight

Emily, a third-year student majoring in Economics and Finance and minoring German, interned at Bank of America as a summer analyst through the Chapel Executive Internship Program, which gives students in the College of the Liberal Arts $5,000 to support their internship experience. Emily says her summer internship allowed her to "apply several concepts from economics classes" because she had to "understand the impact of those ideas in my work." Emily also credits "extremely helpful advisers."

ECON 447 Economics of Sports

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ECON 447 Economics of Sports

Course Spotlight

In ECON 447, students learn about a variety of topics in sports—owners, ticket resale, leagues, markets, efficiency, antitrust, discrimination, and collegiate sports. The course touches on aspects of three distinct fields in economics: labor economics, industrial organization, and urban economics.

Marcus Polite

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Marcus Polite

Alumni Spotlight

Marcus Polite, a 2018 Economics graduate, is now an economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. As a Penn State student, he interned with a startup company called Truneed. Marcus says his Penn State Liberal Arts education helped him "develop a grasp for economics and critically evaluate externalities."

Economics of the Swiss Economy

https://www.psu.edu/news/liberal-arts/story/liberal-arts-students-spend-spring-break-abroad-through-embedded-courses/
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Economics of the Swiss Economy

Course Spotlight

Over spring break, students in ECON 315/333 traveled to Switzerland, home of the United Nations, the International Labour Organization, and the World Trade Organization, for the week. The students heard talks from organizations and companies like EY throughout the week to learn about furthering their careers, as most students on the trip were Economics majors. The group also spent time soaking in historical sites and other destinations, like a chocolate factory and a cheese factory.

Sureaya Inusah

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Sureaya Inusah

Student Spotlight

Sureaya, a fourth-year Economics and Art History major, interned with Adobe this summer thanks to funding she received through the Chapel Executive Internship Program in the College of the Liberal Arts. Merging her two majors has allowed Sureaya to "get my scientific math side out with learning qualitative understanding while also holding an appreciation for different cultures and their applications to products."

Benjamin Burlovic

https://www.psu.edu/news/liberal-arts/story/liberal-arts-student-pursues-passion-consulting-through-chapel-internship/
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Benjamin Burlovic

Student Spotlight

Benjamin, a fourth-year student majoring in Economics and Mechanical Engineering, pursued his passion for consulting through an internship with Deloitte Consulting this summer. Thanks to funding he received through the Chapel Executive Internship Program, Benjamin lived in New York City and strengthened his connections within the industry.

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