Carnegie Mellon University


The economics program's courses and degree programs are among the most popular on campus and attract a wide range of Carnegie Mellon students.

The courses and degree programs are designed to provide students with a deep and comprehensive understanding of central economic theories, empirical methods and applications. Our elective courses identify and address social and economic problems in the following areas: economics and society, financial economics, global economics, information economics, market strategies, and research methodologies.

Educational Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify, explain and use economic concepts, theories, models and data-analytic techniques.
  • Students will acquire and use knowledge of economics, mathematics, statistics and computing flexibly in a variety of contexts, providing the foundation for success in graduate studies and careers in the public and private sectors.
  • Students will be able to apply their economic tools to formulate positions on a wide range of social and economic problems and engage effectively in policy debates.
  • Students will use the investigative skills necessary for conducting original economic research and participating effectively in project teams.
  • Students will be able to deliver effective presentations in which they combine visual communication design with oral arguments and/or the written word.

Students graduating with major degrees from our program also are required to fulfill university and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences general education requirements. Students graduating with additional and minor degrees from our program are responsible for fulfilling university and their home college general education requirements.

Course Spotlight

Financial Crises and Risk

This elective course is offered to Undergraduate Economics students. The instructor is Ariel Zetlin Jones, Associate Professor of Economics. Financial Crises and Risk provides an in-depth examination of the causes of financial crises as well as what governments can do to prevent them or at least reduce their cost.