2017 Economics Award Recipients

econ awards
From left: Todd Jones - Economics Endowment; Ryan Durborow and Clay Carty - ODE Student Research Award

Why Economics?

Hear what Economics majors have to say about Millersville and the Economics Major:

Kevin is now a graduate student studying Economic Development at Vanderbilt University


Jaclyn is a senior Economics Major


What Economics Is*

Economics is a social science that is at once very broad in its subject matter and unified in its approach to understanding the social world. An economic analysis begins from the premise that individuals have goals and that they pursue those goals as best they can. Economics studies the behavior of social systems - such as markets, corporations, legislatures, and families - as the outcome of interactions through institutions between goal-directed individuals. Ultimately, economists make policy recommendations that they believe will make people better off.

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What Economics is NOT*

Economics is not business. Business classes teach professional skills that are useful for starting and operating companies. Business strategy and financial management classes often rely on insights from economics in providing better advice to businesses; much the way clinical psychologists apply the relevant research from academic psychology to help them treat their patients. Economics and business are related, but business is professional training ultimately aimed at making profits, while economics is a science that, in addition to understanding how firms profit maximize, also pursues an improved understanding of our social world.

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The Challenge

If you want to learn more about the economics of international trade, health care, the environment, national security, and crime, ...if you want to learn more about product markets, financial markets, and labor markets, ...if you are serious about accepting the challenge to help solve the world's problems of inequality, poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, and climate change, ...then we encourage you to consider the major that moves the WORLD!

Majors that pay you back - Payscale 2016

Contact Info

Postal Address:

Economics Department - McComsey Hall
Millersville University
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551

Telephone: 717-871-7169
Fax: 717-871-7934

Program Information at a Glance