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Paul Brehm, assistant professor of economics and environmental studies, meets with a group of students during his office hours. Photo credit: Matthew Lester
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Economics

Economics is the study of the allocation of limited resources in the face of society’s unlimited wants. Economists identify problems, propose solutions, and evaluate policy in resource allocation in every facet of society. Students with an interest in data analysis, mathematical modeling, public policy, business, and finance will find the economics major to be broad, challenging, and diverse.

Why Study Economics at Oberlin?

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Sample Courses

  • ECON 101 - Principles of Economics 4 credits
  • ECON 211 - Money, the Financial System and the Economy 4 credits
  • ECON 322 - Public Economics 4 credits
  • ECON 351 - Macroeconomic Theory 4 credits

Economics Faculty

Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. Among their areas of specialty are macroeconomics, labor economics, banking, labor history, urban economics, international economics, and industrial organization. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

Explore Faculty within Economics

“Many people think economics is only concerned about stocks, bonds and GDP, but the discipline is so much wider than that. Our courses encourage the application of theory to practical policy and thoughtful analysis. That’s why Oberlin students can take economic courses focused on the environment, health, poverty, cities, firm behavior—and on stocks and bonds, of course.”

Ron Cheung, Professor of Economics
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