Mathematics-Economics

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

This dual major allows you to simultaneously pursue interests in mathematics, economics and organizational management.

The mathematics-economics major is designed to help students think clearly and logically, learn to use the language of mathematics effectively and use it to understand and analyze economic problems.

Our understanding of the world is built upon the fundamental properties of mathematics, while much of our society relies on economy. By combining the study of both, you will build a strong analytical toolkit to prepare for actuarial exams, pursue advanced study, work as an analyst, or become a financial planner.

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What You'll Learn

Math-Econ majors take a combination of courses in the Mathematics Department and in the Economics Department in addition to fulfilling the college’s general education requirements. Math-Econ majors take at least 20 credits in mathematics and 20 credits in economics. You'll learn:

  • The abstract nature of theoretical mathematics by working with abstract concepts and constructing proofs
  • The basic principles of micro- and macro-economics
  • Mathematics as a tool for solving economic problems, such as formulating and evaluating economic models

Program Highlights

Internships and Research Opportunities

The Math Department regularly notifies students of special research opportunities such as the National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), and assists students in the placement process. The Economics department strongly encourages majors to complete at least one internship while at Agnes Scott. Internships are an important way for students to gain insight into future careers, begin to establish a network of professional contacts, and learn how businesses or nonprofit organizations operate.

Learning Resource Centers

The Math Resource Center and the Economics Learning Center are both welcoming environments for you to seek assistance with problems in any of your course work. Students are encouraged to drop in, to work among themselves or with a learning assistant.

Student Organizations

There are many on-campus organizations to get involved and stay connected, including Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society, which strives to recognize scholastic attainment in economics and establish closer ties between students and faculty in economics. The campus chapter for the Association for Women in Mathematics aims at encouraging the inclusion of women and other minority groups in mathematics.

Meet the Faculty

Alan Koch

Alan Koch

Professor of Mathematics

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Rachel L. Rossetti

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Jim Wiseman

Professor/Chair of Mathematics

Working in Mathematics-Economics

This dual major integrates analytical skills with a deep understanding of economics, a highly valued combination in today’s data-driven business world.

Author Charles Duhigg said, "Between calculated risk and reckless decision-making lies the dividing line between profit and loss.” The dual degree of mathematics-economics gives you a strong set of analytical skills to make calculated risks and prepare you for a career as an analyst, an actuary, a financial planner or for graduate study.

  • Financial Planner
  • Actuary
  • Economic Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Investment Manager
  • Auditor

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