Undergraduate Info

Why Economics?

When you take courses in Dartmouth’s Economics Department, you’ll be introduced to a unique way of asking questions and examining problems. Economics is really about learning analytical thinking in the best tradition of the liberal arts.

In addition to the standard major, the economics minor and the modified major are intended to fit the needs of students who have an interest in economics but are primarily interested in another discipline or, in the case of a modified major, wish to study some specific problem or topic that falls partly in the field of economics and partly in a related field. 

Our curriculum focuses on current and important social problems. The world is constantly confronted with public policy issues that are essentially economic in character. Economic analysis provides a coherent and principled framework for examining these issues and understanding the tradeoffs involved in attempting to solve social problems.