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.

  • Majors at Pomona: Economics
    Prof. Michael Steinberger talks about the Economics Department at Pomona College.
  • In class with Professor Eleanor Brown
    In class with Professor Eleanor Brown
  • In class with Professor Tahir Andrabi
    In class with Professor Tahir Andrabi
  • In class with Professor Fernando Lozano
    In class with Professor Fernando Lozano

What You'll Study

  • Micro and macroeconomics
  • Economic theory and policy
  • Allocation of resources
  • Statistics and econometrics
  • Important local and global issues
Economics classes that were offered across the five Claremont Colleges in spring 2015.

Researching at Pomona

  • Darartu Doto ’18
    Darartu Doto ’18 Launches Menstruation Education Project in Ethiopia

    After graduating, Doto is headed to Ethiopia as the recipient of a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant allowing her to travel and run a three-week menstrual education program.

  • Jiwon Lee, class of 2018, economics
    Jiwon Lee '18 Explores the Economics Behind Gender Issue

    As a senior, Jiwon Lee’s paper “The Gender Asymmetry in the Determinants and Effects of Family Migration” was accepted to Stanford’s 11th Annual All-California Labor Economics Conference.

Headshot of Darartu Doto.
Darartu Doto ‘18

I’ve picked up certain skills from my major that will help me in life. I think one of the most important things that being an economics major has taught me is how to solve problems and how to be patient solving these problems especially late at night when I was working on those crazy, hard problem sets.

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.

Professor Michael Kuehlwein

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.