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Undergraduate Economics

The Department of Economics offers a major and minor for undergraduates and a major in economic history, jointly with the Department of History. About 250 students complete the economics major each year.

The programs in economics require at least a semester of calculus as prerequisite to statistics, intermediate theory courses, and upper level electives. A third of the majors also complete majors or minors in other disciplines including mathematics, a foreign language, or another social science. More than half of the majors complete internships, many of them paid. About half study abroad at some time during their undergraduate years most frequently in the United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand. About two-thirds of the majors plan to complete MBA degrees; a fifth plan to complete law degrees. Three or four graduates enter PhD programs in economics each year; about the same number enroll in medical schools.




  • bill The Economic History Association has appointed Bill Collins as the next editor of the Journal of Economic History.  His term begins in 2016.
  • announcementEugene Vorobeychik (Engineering) and Myrna Wooders (Economics) have been awarded a grant for $442,051 for the next three years in support their research project, "Theory and Application of Mechanism Design for Team Formation." This project addresses questions of design of mechanisms for efficient team formation from the perspectives of computer science, microeconomics, experimental economics, and game theory. The grant is sponsored by the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems of the NSF
  • Savelyev Peter Savelyev has been awarded a solo-PI $260,464 NSF grant for the next three years of his research on the economic and psychological origins of health capital accumulation.

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Phone: (615) 322-2871

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Department of Economics
Vanderbilt University
VU Station B, Box #351819
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235