Economics (Arts and Sciences)

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Major
  • Minor

Have you ever wondered what types of political regimes best promote economic development? If microcredit is an effective tool to reduce poverty in the world? Or even if drug cartels are economically sound? Well, these are only a few of the questions answered during the and economics major's time at Stetson University. You will focus on economics as a social science and gain an understanding of the behavior of individuals and social systems including national economies, civic organizations, markets, governments, voluntary agencies and families.

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Global Development Environmental Science and Studies


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Program Overview

Because of our unique focus on social justice, poverty and inequality, and cross-cultural examination of social systems, you will be able to make policy recommendations to help people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. There is a strong international flavor in this department, with courses on Latin America, Russia, China, and sub-Saharan Africa. With a major in economics, you will be encouraged to gain practical experience and become involved in the local community.

Internship Experience

A number of economics majors have had internships with Volusia County government and the City of DeLand.

Learn more about the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences.


Renjini Thaver is the recipient of the McEniry Award in Teaching. The department has received top honors for its work in the community through C.H.O.M.I. Faculty include

Career Significance

Economics alumni have careers with various businesses and banks, and with government at the local, state and national levels. Graduates work at the Florida Department of Insurance, Oracle Software and GTE Communications Corp. Many have gone on to graduate studies in law, economics and business.

Our alumni have studied at Boston University, Florida State University, Stetson University College of Law, University of Chicago, University of Florida and Vanderbilt University Law School, among others. Two former students are now on the faculty at the university. Another is the branch manager of a finance company in DeLand, while another is a director and writer of film in India who has received international honors for her film "Land Gold Women." Another former student is now employed in Tanzania by the World Bank.

Success Story

Ivan Alston, '16

The economics major at Stetson provided me with invaluable research and analytical reasoning skills. Through Stetson's economics courses, I had the opportunity to explore different economic theories and their underlying assumptions. The course progression of the major allowed me to gain a basic understanding of economics and supplement that understanding with the mathematics behind economic assumptions. More importantly, the economics program at Stetson taught me how to form and defend arguments, in the process improving my ability to conduct effective research. The skills that I acquired from Stetson's economics major helped me land a job with a major government agency.

Career Outlook

Although many students in Stetson's economics program go on to graduate study, an economics degree based on a liberal arts foundation can lead to a wide range of career opportunities for students, from banking to policy analysis. The program delves into economic theory and analytical skills, and offers elective opportunities in international trade and environmental economics.

Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.

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