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School of Humanities and Sciences

Learn about the economic aspects of modern society, analyze contemporary economic problems, and develop the ability to exercise judgment in evaluating public policy.

What You'll Study

The mission of the undergraduate program in Economics is to acquaint students with the economic aspects of modern society, to familiarize them with techniques for the analysis of contemporary economic problems, and to develop in them an ability to exercise judgment in evaluating public policy. The program introduces students to macro- and microeconomic theory, teaches them to think and write clearly about economic problems and policy issues and to apply the basic tools of economic analysis. The undergraduate major provides an excellent background for those who plan careers in government and private enterprise as well as those pursuing graduate degrees in professional schools or in the field of economics.

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  • understanding of core knowledge within Economics.
  • ability to analyze a problem and draw correct inferences using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
  • ability to write clearly and persuasively and communicate ideas clearly.
  • ability to evaluate theory and critique research within the discipline.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor
  • Honors

More Information

Learn more about Economics in the Stanford Bulletin

Exploratory Courses


Principles of Economics


Understanding the Welfare System


Energy, the Environment, and the Economy


Causes and Consequences of the Rise in Inequality


Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy


Public Policy and Personal Finance (PUBLPOL 55N)


Introduction to Financial Decision-Making


The Modern Financial System

Related Links

Why Study Economics?

About the Economics Major

Economics Honors Program