Learn about the wide range of forces that shape our economy and society.
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources, and the resulting forces that shape our economy and society both locally and globally.
Our curriculum emphasizes economic theory, statistical analysis and the role of public policy in addressing social and economic problems.
You can specialize in financial, managerial, international, industrial or other areas of economics.
Economics offers both a major and a minor, and is also an area of concentration in environmental analysis; public policy analysis; philosophy, politics and economics; and gender & women’s studies.
The Economics Major at Pomona College is classified as a STEM designated-degree program by the Department of Homeland Security, providing additional employment opportunities for F-1 students after graduation.
What You'll Study
- Micro and macroeconomics
- Economic theory and policy
- Allocation of resources
- Statistics and econometrics
- Important local and global issues
Researching at Pomona
Bryan Diangson ’21 Uses His Economics Knowledge at CBRE Global Investors
As a summer intern at CBRE Global Investors, Bryan Diangson ’21 is able to implement his economics knowledge working on different investments, across all of the asset classes, the fund strategies and the risk-return spectrum.
Founding Unovator to Help Small Companies
Leisan Garifullina ’20 started Unovator, a junior enterprise at The Claremont Colleges that provides marketing and public relations services to small companies all over the world.
How the Great Financial Crisis Affected U.S. Fixed Income Markets
Will Abele ’20 worked as a research assistant to Professor Pierangelo De Pace to analyze and identify segments of the U.S. fixed income markets that represent initial developments of financial stress and subsequent propagation across other markets during the Financial Crisis of 2007-09.
Hands-On Internship Experience with CRCM Ventures
Wesley Chang ’21 interned with venture capital firm CRCM Ventures where he created pitch desks and market analysis for potential investments for the firm. He also built abstract models and representations of future financial situations and risks.
Studying Market Behavior in Vietnam
Valentina Jervis ’20 is a product intern with Inspectorio, a supply chain quality and compliance software startup in Vietnam, where she studies the behavior of the market in order to create the most valuable product for the industry.
What I love about the Economics department is the support I receive. I feel I can always stop by the office of my academic advisor, Professor Eleanor Brown. Her door is always open, and those times when I walked in to share my fears, happy moments, or doubts with Professor Brown has shown me that professors truly care about me as a person.
Faculty & Teaching
The economics faculty combines superb teaching with focused research, and they emphasize student research within and outside of the classroom. Their expertise includes business and finance, education, international borrowing, international trade, developing economies, income tax, immigration, labor, natural resource economics, the nonprofit sector, socioeconomics and econometrics.
Economics examines important local and global issues such as poverty, growth, unemployment, income inequality, trade, health care, the environment and regulation. It combines rigorous methods of analysis, including clear math-based theories of microeconomic and macroeconomic behavior, with sophisticated data-based statistical techniques for testing between those theories. These tools can be applied to many disciplines including forecasting, policy-making, banking, business, consulting, law and medicine.