Economics From A Higher Perspective

You have an insatiable curiosity. You are more interested in learning how to think than what to think. For you, an education is a set of tools that enable you to examine and reflect on the world around you. You enjoy asking why people behave the way they do, constructing logically coherent theories to explain that behavior, and testing your theories against hard data.

Economics Professor Antony Davies teaching

Economics is a social science that employs logical reasoning and data analysis to describe how people, firms, and governments balance their desires with their limitations. The discipline helps students understand what motivates people and how often-conflicting values affect behavior in the marketplace. From individuals to groups, from corporations to governments, people behave differently, and a well-trained student of economics accurately can analyze those differences and their effects. Two-thirds of A. J. Palumbo School of Business Administration economics students go directly into graduate programs in economics, law, and business. One-third enter the workforce as analysts working for banks, investment management firms, marketing research firms, and government and U.N. agencies.

The undergraduate curriculum is steeped in data analytics - Duquesne economics students graduate with twice the number of credits in analytics courses as do economics students at Ivy League institutions. All undergraduate Economics majors are required to write and defend a major Economics-related thesis to complete the requirements of the Division. These research papers are often published in academic journals, presented at major academic conferences, or widely cited as policy research by state and federal governments.

Palumbo School economics graduates are sought after by graduate schools because of their intensive quantitative training and research experience. Employers seek out the students because of the depth of their critical thinking and the strength of their core content knowledge.