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Economics Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in economics is designed primarily for students who want a liberal arts education with an emphasis on economics but with great breadth. This degree consists of at least 12 unit courses in economics. MATH 125 or MATH127 and Stat 215 are required. This program is especially recommended for graduate study in economics, law, and public administration because it permits you to take courses in related areas as well, including social sciences, history, and math.

There are two specialized options available under the Bachelor of Arts: teacher preparation and the 7-year MD.

Teacher preparation: Graduates who successfully complete the teacher preparation program are certified to teach middle and high school social studies. This program requires completing the BA in economics, associated liberal learning requirements, and 1) a secondary-level teacher preparation sequence (9 units); and 2) courses in government, geography, and world history. Students typically begin the teacher preparation sequence in their sophomore year. Retention in the program requires a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Entering students must have a GPA of at least 2.75. Candidates for a teacher-education certificate must earn a 2.75 GPA, meet the state hygiene/physiology requirement and pass the appropriate Praxis examination. The Department of Education Administration and Secondary Education section of this bulletin contains an overview of the entire secondary-level teaching preparation sequence.

The 7-year MD:  New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and TCNJ have a formal articulation agreement allowing incoming freshman applicants to be accepted to both the medical school and TCNJ and to earn both the baccalaureate from TCNJ and the MD degree from NJMS in seven years. Students enrolled in this program spend three years at TCNJ in Economics major and four at NJMS. For more information regarding this contact

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in economics offers more specialized training in economics and related business fields: Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing. Students are required to take at least eight course units in these Business Areas.

Minor: The Minor in Economics is offered to students whose primary interests are in a discipline other than economics, but who wish to pursue some specialization in economics: Minor in Economics are required to take 5 units of courses,  2  units in addition to the economics core for business majors.  ECO 231 is required, and two of the course units should be above the 300 level. Students can tailor their minor to their interest by taking two advanced courses in the same field.


What can you do with an education in ECONOMICS?

Typical skills of an Economics Major:

• Collect, organize and clean data, including the use of Internet data sources, especially governmental

• Conduct and clearly explain quantitative research and analysis

• Explain economic problems by applying economic theory

• Understand the different impacts of different economic policies on economic problems

• Understand the difference between ex-post and ex-ante analysis

• Use spreadsheets and statistical software to analyze data

• Employ statistical modeling and analyze data to expose evidence of underlying economic relationships

• Able to write and communicate orally effectively

• Knows how to search and find relevant economic information

* Can think critically about economic premises and theoretical debates

Possible Jobs in the following industries: 

Banking and Financial Services, Government, Insurance, Industry, Education, Communications, Research Analysis

Sample List of Employers:

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Bank of America
  • ESPN (research analyst)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Appraisal Economics (business valuation)
  • Management Planning, Inc.
  • State Street Bank
  • Alpha Carriers (logistics)
  • United Biosource Corporation (health economics research)
  • Bloomberg (analyst, mergers and acquisitions)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield (health insurance analyst)
  • Accenture (consulting)
  • Interpret LLC – (marketing research analyst)
  • Strategic Business Insights (consumer market analyst)
  • Jet Football Team
  • US Department of Commerce

Sample List of Internships:

  • Bloomberg
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Governor’s Office, State House
  • NJ Housing Authority
  • Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Aetna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Sesame Place (HR Department)
  • Public Relations

Useful Links


Economics department contact info:

Chair – Dr. Subarna Samanta; 609-771-3496;

Department Secretary – Monique Clark; 609-771-3063;