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  think systematically and analytically aboutconventional 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.  Among the many directions our alumni have gone are graduate degrees in economics, law, public policy, business, or finance; along with careers in industry, financial markets, the nonprofit sector, and government.

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.

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 another program Stonehill offers, most commonly Political Science & International Studies. Guided by career goals and personal interests, our economics majors have also majored in English, criminology, healthcare management, physics and various business administration disciplines.

Economics students are encouraged to supplement their studies with work in the field, through programs such as those listed below. You can learn more on the Internships & Opportunities page.

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 Economic Association to present their papers from the Capstone Seminar in Economic Research.

Learning Inside Out Network (LION)

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.

Many economics majors engage in a semester abroad. Students have participated in programs at the London School of Economics, University of Oxford, University College London; University College Dublin, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Prague University of Economics.

Boston College and Stonehill College have arranged for the preferred admission of qualified Stonehill students to the Master of Science in Applied Economics Program at Boston College.

Learn more about Stonehill's degree partnerships



Piyush Chandra, professor of economics

Recent Accolades

Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.

Sample Courses

Money & Banking

ECO 309
Analysis of the operation of financial markets and financial institutions focusing on financial intermediaries including commercial banks, investment banks and the central bank. Examines the structure and performance of the bond and stock markets, derivatives, and other financial instruments. Extensive use current market information prepares students with the real-world knowledge and experience necessary for careers in the financial world.

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.

Partnerships & Special Programs

Stonehill College has developed academic affiliations with colleges and universities that enable our students to augment the degree they earn at Stonehill with graduate and undergraduate degrees that further enhance their opportunities.

Pair Your Degree With a Master's Degree in Business

The Skyhawk Accelerated Dual Degree allows Stonehill students to earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as little as four years. Eligible students receive early and expedited admission to their graduate program of interest and can begin working toward a master's degree in marketing or data analytics.

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Contact Information

Akira Motomura

Akira Motomura

Professor of Economics, Economics Department Chair