Lang's Economics program seeks to train technically savvy economists who are aware that true economic insight is not based on received wisdoms or dogma. Economics is a living body of knowledge that evolves according to social and political debates and
struggles. Through the interdisciplinary study of economics, you'll be empowered to participate effectively in debates about some of the central unresolved dilemmas of modern society.
During your studies you develop your ability to draw on this holistic understanding of economics to intervene critically — as a professional and an engaged citizen — into debates on pressing issues of economic analysis and policy, such as:
- Causes of and possible solutions for rising levels of economic inequality
- Challenges that developing regions face in efforts to increase employment, incomes, and productivity
- Origins of economic crises and what societies can do to avoid and manage them
- Economic aspects of class, gender, racial, and ethnic divisions
- Economic strategies to tackle climate change
- The future of capitalism
As an economics student, you learn about the functioning of markets and economic institutions, study the history and philosophy of economics, and are trained in the quantitative methods of the field: economic modeling, econometrics, and the application
of statistics to the understanding of economic issues. You can also combine your study of economics with other liberal arts fields, such as philosophy or global studies.
Connecting to New York City
While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. New York City, home of the United Nations and Wall Street, offers a wealth of internship and
work opportunities for economics students. As part of their coursework, students have visited the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Stock Exchange, apparel factories in Chinatown, and the United Nations.
Training in quantitative economic methods prepares you for careers in law, politics, business, social activism, media, and a wealth of other professions. Our graduates have made careers with the United Nations and other international organizations, and
in government, trade unions, community development organizations, environmental groups, and private-sector companies.
If you are planning to pursue graduate studies in economics, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and
a graduate degree in economics at The New School for Social Research.