Economics and Management

Study how economic systems work—in relation to business management, energy, technology, and more—while gaining marketable skills you can apply to diverse careers in this rigorous and highly interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program.

The study of economics and management crosses over issues that concern people everywhere: growth and energy use, inequality and poverty, climate change, technological development, and employment and the job market. As an economics and management major at Wells, you'll explore each of these topics in a multidisciplinary liberal arts program that strongly integrates business and mathematics into its core study—leading to a more varied undergraduate education you can apply to a wide range of careers. You'll also get to collaborate directly with top faculty who bring extensive economics research experience to their classes and learn to conduct your own research while gaining hands-on experience in professional business management roles. Students can choose a concentration in either business or management as part of this bachelor's degree program. The Economics and Management major at Wells College leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

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Economics Concentration

Gain a strong understanding of the structure and function of economic systems and how to assess their strengths and weaknesses. In the economics concentration, you'll learn to use diverse theoretical and functional approaches to understand the problems and policies for economies around the globe.

Available as a concentration in the Economics and Management major or as a minor.

Management Concentration

Being an effective and appropriate business manager takes more than intuition. In the management concentration, you'll learn concepts and techniques needed to make appropriate administrative decisions and the economic and organizational contexts in which business management decisions are made.

Available as a concentration in the Economics and Management major or as a minor.

A Look Inside the Economics and Management Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

The Economics and Management program starts by introducing you to basic methods and history. As you move into advanced economics and management courses, you'll take a much more involved role in the classroom: interpreting literature, giving presentations, and learning to apply material to real-world situations. For instance, you might be assigned a project in which you study and test a business economics model, describe the variables to identify reasons for changes or growth, analyze outside factors that might affect results, and quantify the relevance of given economic indicators.

There are two specific areas of focus within the program that set Wells' economics department apart from other colleges. For those interested in international and global economics or management, the courses "The World Economy: Trade and Finance," "Economics of Developing Countries," "International Business," and "The Political Economy of Globalization" are ideal. Those interested in environment and sustainability can take courses such as "Environmental Economics," "Energy and the Economy," and "Ecological Economics and Political Economy." Either—or both together—offers a good degree of specialization that you can build on throughout your career.

At Wells, you’ll also find an undergraduate program distinguished by close advising and mentorship, valuable working relationships with students and faculty, and opportunities to customize a program of study that fits with your personal interests and career objectives. 

75 percent of our Spring 2016 graduates were accepted into graduate school programs. 

What You’ll Learn as an Economics and Management Major

  • How economic theories and principles of business management fit into the modern globalized, financialized, technologically-changing world
  • How to conduct your own research, to investigate and understand the world around you, and collaborate on projects from conception to publication
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills you can apply to virtually any career

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Economics and Management Bachelor’s Degree Program

As an economics and management major at Wells, you’ll learn to untangle what is happening in the United States and internationally not just by reading textbooks but through intensive investigation in the field.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Wells' economics and management majors are required to hold an internship before graduation. Internship programs can be tailored to your interests, and economics students often earn placement in prestigious internships related to business management and finance, international relations, or politics. Wells students have recently held internships with: 

  • The Bank of New York, New York, New York
  • National Archives and Records Administration Office of Government Information Services, College Park, Maryland
  • The Office of U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
  • Columbia University, New York, New York
  • Legal Aid Society, Rochester, New York
  • Cornell University College of Human Ecology, Ithaca, New York
  • Constellation Brands, Canandaigua, New York
  • LiquidFIRE Productions, San Francisco, California
  • Finger Lakes Boating Museum, Penn Yan, New York

Interested in taking your undergraduate studies abroad? Wells offers a variety of programs around the world that can help you round out your liberal arts education and gain interesting and valuable experiences in other cultures. Learn more about study abroad opportunities at Wells.

Economics Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs

Wells offers many opportunities to get involved on campus. Economics and management students often serve in the Collegiate Council student government or in student body leadership positions; others hold the role of treasurer in one of the many student clubs and organizations

You can gain firsthand business management experience in one of Wells' newest campus spaces, the student-run café The Grind. The management staff includes a president, vice president, human resource manager, a finance manager, and an operations manager who work together each semester to ensure the success of the venture.

Related Minor Degree Programs

The Economics and Management bachelor’s degree program can be complemented by a variety of minors offered at Wells. These are just a few that might catch your interest:

We also offer minors in both economics and management.

Career Options for Economics and Management Majors

When you earn your bachelor’s degree in economics and management at Wells College, you’ll enter the job market with skills and experience you can apply directly to your career. Many students find that our mathematics focus offers strong preparation for a career in finance—such as our former students who are now in upper-level leadership roles with Cayuga Lake National Bank and Citibank. Others are running their own nonprofit, working for the Environmental Protection Agency, or holding civil society jobs with organizations such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America.

Many of our economics and management majors also go on to graduate school, in master’s degree and doctoral programs such as: 

  • University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
  • State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • Cornell University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Arizona

Current Research in the Economics and Management Program

Professor Klitgaard’s research focuses on environmental economics, often working in conjunction with Professor Uddin and Wells economics and management students. He is the co-author of Energy and the Wealth of Nations, along with Charles Hall, and has been published in Sustainability, Ecological Economics, Conservation Biology, and the International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research.

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Program Faculty
Kent Klitgaard
Professor of Economics
Muin Uddin
Professor of Economics
Economics in Practice

Students in the Economics major work closely with their faculty members on professional-level research projects focusing on relevant, important issues that affect our society. In fact, the connection of economic theory to social concerns gave rise to one of Wells' most popular annual programs—Activism Symposium—and economics students still contribute much to discussions both political and personal. The liberal arts environment provides flexibility and ties the program to other departments, such as International Studies, Healthcare Management, Psychology, and more as students learn to apply economic principles to the ways that people relate to others, work, think, and act.


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