The Economics of Success

Graduates of Stonehill’s economics program gain the experiences and highly coveted skill sets that open doors in a vast array of fields.

Program Overview

Our Economics Department, both in terms of curriculum and other learning experiences, provides students with the foundation they need to apply theory to conventional economic issues and to explore contemporary research into human behavioral puzzles.

As students develop their ability to solve problems analytically, our faculty challenge them to form their own testable hypotheses, draw inferences from data, and communicate their analysis clearly in speech and writing.

Our flexible economics degree enables students to design a curriculum around their interests and future goals, whether those include a graduate degree in public policy, business or law, or a career in industry, financial markets, the nonprofit sector or public policy.

Opportunities that Offer a Competitive Advantage

The requirements for an Economics major are structured to give students the opportunity to simultaneously explore other fields of study and thereby acquire a multifaceted foundation from which to launch their career or pursue an advanced degree.  

About half of our students link the Economics major with nearly any other program Stonehill offers. Guided by career goals and personal interests, recent students have also majored in philosophy, political science & international studies, history, psychology, mathematics and various business administration disciplines.

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)

SURE is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform significant, publishable, full-time research under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher.

Eastern Economic Association

Stonehill economics students are consistently invited by the Eastern Economics Association to present their papers from the Capstone Seminar in Economic Research.

The LION (Learning Inside Out Network) program is an intensive international internship and research opportunity for students interested in the theory and practice of global security. The program builds on courses in security studies, conflict analysis and resolution, global crime, international criminal justice, human security, and international development through a semester-long international internship experience with an NGO, think tank or media organization in Armenia or Serbia. 

Merging Creativity, Analytical Thinking and Clear Communication

The Economics faculty will help students learn to identify and address wide-ranging issues of great national and international interest. We do this by teaching the theory, methodology and empirical techniques of the economic model as it relates to matters of social science inquiry, financial markets and human behavior.

Our faculty is united in the belief that one must develop the ability to think analytically and creatively as well as communicate clearly through written and oral presentation. Small classes allow for stimulating discussions and enhanced individual attention.

The economics curriculum teaches students to think analytically and creatively as well as communicate clearly through written and oral presentation. Our small class sizes allow for stimulating discussions and enhanced individual attention. Some of our courses include:   

Sample Courses

The Economics of eBay (First-Year Seminar)

ECO 110
Why do some items sell for such ridiculously high prices at auctions of reputable establishments such as Christie's, Bonham's, Sotheby's or even eBay? Has it ever occurred to you why the owners of a house listed for $1.5 million last year cannot get 1/3 of that price this year? In this course we will examine the way consumers and businesses think and behave as rational entities.

The Economics of Sports

ECO 244
The course analyzes the industry of sports, particularly professional and big-time college sports, using and developing tools of economic analysis, mainly microeconomics. Topics include the salary structure of professional team sports and the effects of free agency; the factors affecting sports attendance; the value of sports programming to broadcasters and the effect of television revenue; issues in college sports like conference realignment, television contracts, and eligibility rules; the economic effects of professional sports franchises and stadia; and factors affecting competitive balance.

International Finance

ECO 343
International Finance introduces students to the international financial system and the mechanisms through which exchange rates and government policy influence international investments and risk management, the global flow of financial capital, and domestic national income and employment. Particular emphasis is placed on forecasting exchange rates, hedging exchange-rate risk, and studying the causes and consequences of currency crises using quantitative models.

Internship in Economic Research

ECO 475
Students gain practical experience at a business, government or not-for profit organization (sponsor) under the supervision of both a faculty member and the sponsor. The field of study and sponsoring organization is specific to the student's interest. In the past, students have worked in a wide variety of fields, including brokerage firms, state and local government agencies, private banks, consulting organizations and policy research institutes. The student's main academic requirement is to successfully complete a detailed analytical paper applying economic theory and quantitative techniques to a topic relevant to their internship, as agreed on with the faculty member.

Where Our Graduates Work

Stonehill’s economics graduates go on to work at a range of notable organizations. Continue exploring where our graduates work. 

Professors are not just teaching you a subject, they are teaching you a lifestyle and how to operate in the job market. Even before senior year, I had two job offers. Going into senior year already knowing you will have a job after graduation is quite exciting.

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Contact Information

Akira Motomura

Akira Motomura

Professor of Economics, Economics Department Chair, Sport Commerce & Culture Program Co-Director
Meehan School of Business 310