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Front row: Anand Swamy, Ralph Bradburd, Quamrul Ashraf Second Row: Ken Kuttner, Tara Watson, Stephen Sheppard, Sara LaLumia, Lara Shore-Sheppard Third Row: Matthew Chao, Steven Nafziger, Sarah Jacobson, Greg Casey, Greg Phelan, Peter Montiel Fourth Row: Ashok Rai, Owen Thompson, Susan Godlonton, David Zimmerman, Peter Petroni, Jon Bakija. Faculty not pictured: Michael Samson, Lucie Schmidt, Matthew Gibson, Will Olney, David Love, Jerry Caprio, Bill Gentry, Roger Bolton, Michael Fortunato, and Peter S. Heller.
Economics is the most popular major at Williams. With more than 25 active faculty and a focus on both teaching and research, we are considered a leader among U.S. college economics departments. We offer a diverse and innovative curriculum, and we contribute to Williams’ interdisciplinary Political Economy program. We also operate the Center for Development Economics, which offers a one-year master’s degree in policy economics for early-career public servants from developing and transitional countries. Read more about us here.
Wondering what you can do with an Economics major? We asked nine recent Williams alumni to share how they use economics in their current jobs. Watch this short video to see the varied paths they have taken! For another look at how a background in economics can be a tool for solving human problems, this brief educational video, developed by The American Economic Association, may be relevant and useful.