The study of economics provides insights into how the world works.

It teaches us a way of thinking, which when combined with training in qualitative and quantitative reasoning, and good judgment, provides an excellent foundation for just about anything that you may do after college.

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Learning Across Disciplines

Since economics is one of the core social science disciplines, our department also serves students from across several popular interdisciplinary programs, including Environmental StudiesInternational Studies, and International Politics and Economics.

Courses

Our department offers a wide array of courses designed to provide insight into how the world works—from introductory principles to a rigorous senior research seminar in which students pursue an independent research project to qualify for departmental honors. Our curriculum exposes you to the basic tools of economic analysis and develops your critical reasoning and expository skills, through topics as diverse as natural resource management, urban poverty, international integration, and many more.

Majors in economics must enroll in six core courses that are organized in three two-semester blocks:

  • Introductory macro- and microeconomics
  • A quantitative sequence in statistics and regression analysis
  • Macro- and microeconomic theory

In addition, majors must take at least four electives, two of which must be at the senior-seminar level.

Affiliated Labs

Middlebury Experimental Economics Lab

The Middlebury Experimental Economics Lab is a research group of faculty and students using controlled experiments to test economic theory and decision maki​ng. 

Center for Behavioral Science

The Vermont Center for Behavioral Science Research on Climate and the Environment is an innovative hub to connect and support students, faculty, researchers, and community-based organizations across Vermont in connecting, sharing, and collaborating on climate and environmental projects. 

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Opportunities in the Field

The economics major provides students with numerous opportunities to explore the intricacies of the field—through research, internships, and professional development.

Internships

From MiddChallenge to summer positions in organizations around the globe and of every focus, you’ll have a range of options designed to foster your interests.

Internship Opportunities

Our Alumni

The economics major provides you with an excellent background for graduate work and employment in various fields, including economics, business, law, government, education, and international finance. These are some of the many interesting ways our graduates have applied their liberal arts learning to engage the world:

  • Amazon, Global Head of Business Intelligence
  • Tesla, Senior Product Manager
  • World Bank, Senior Economist, Statistician
  • Google, Head of VC & Startups, Android + Google Play
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Policy Officer
  • New England Patriots, Assistant Controller
  • Nike, Manager, Global Supply Chain Innovation
  • Partners Healthcare, Senior Analyst
  • CNN Money, Vice President and General Manager
  • American Natural Gas, Cofounder and CEO
  • Vertigo Entertainment, Creative Executive
  • See’s Candies, Inc., Chief Financial Officer
  • Standard & Poor’s, Director, Structured Finance Ratings
  • Physician’s Computer Company, Director of Pediatric Solutions
  • Guggenheim Museum, Chief Technology Officer
  • U.S. Department of Treasury, Director of Macroeconomic Analysis
  • The Nature Conservancy, Impact Investing
  • DaMina Advisors LLP, Global Managing Director and Chief Frontier Markets Analyst
  • Census Bureau, Economist, Health and Disability Statistics Branch
  • Boston Redevelopment Authority, Director of Planning
  • Goldman Sachs, Vice President, Equities-Securities Services
  • SEC, Offices of the Commissioners, Senior Advisor to the Chair
  • Bain Capital LLC, Vice President, Investor Relations

Upcoming Events

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  • Beauty Pay$

    Speaker: Daniel Hamermesh/UT Austin (retired faculty)

    Co-sponsored by the D.K. Smith Lecture Fund.

    Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

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  • 2022 Annual International Politics and Economic Symposium

    This year’s symposium focuses on political violence. Why do people sometimes choose to use violence in conflict? How can we return to peace? We are pleased to be able to host three leading experts on civil conflict and political violence: Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago, Jakana Thomas of the University of California, San Diego, and Ajay Verghese of Middlebury College. Blattman, an economist and political scientist, is the author of the recently published Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace (Viking).

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  • Improving Government Services with Data

    Innovative technologies, data-driven insights, and next generation infrastructure are helping federal agencies connect people to the services they need as never before. Jennifer Sample, Data Science Principle Director at Accenture Federal Services, will deliver academically-focused lecture offering vignettes of applications of data science to improving government policies and programs across climate, social and health domains.

    Sponsored by midd.data.

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