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The economics curriculum at Simon's Rock is rooted in the liberal arts tradition of rigorous analysis, thus developing students' reading, discussion, and problem-solving skills within the discipline.

The economy comprises the systems for the production and exchange of goods, services, money and financial assets; the use of labor, capital, and natural resources; and the relation of these to other societal and historical processes. The Economics concentration at Simon’s Rock serves students interested in pursuing further study or work in business, finance, economics, and public policy, as well as those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of forces at work in the contemporary world. It provides a framework for the broader critical study of society, with a particular focus on the nature and history of the political and economic institutions that shape social existence.

Related career paths

Students with a concentration in economics may enter into fields such as research, market analysis, statistics, and quantitative analysis.


In their first semesters at the college, students interested in this concentration are encouraged to take at least one introductory course in Economics and one in a related social science field, such as history, politics, or sociology, as well as to meet the mathematics requirement, ideally by taking Statistics. The concentration requires 24 credits of approved courses, at least 8 of which must be at the 300-level or above. 

Required Core Courses

  • Economics 103 Principles of Economics
  • Economics 204 Microeconomics
  • Economics 206 Macroeconomics

Additional Requirements

  • One course dealing with the methodology of economics
  • One course in a related field, such as history, politics, psychology, or sociology that offers a perspective on the discipline
  • Two approved courses at the 300-level or above

At moderation, students should work with faculty in the field to develop a plan for their work in the concentration that will serve their particular interests and goals. Students have meaningfully combined an economics concentration with concentrations in Politics, Critical Geography, and Computer Science. Simon's Rock juniors interested in this field have been able to spend a semester or year at the London School of Economics.

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