Why Major in Economics?

An undergraduate degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University equips you with specialized analytical, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills and an understanding of how human behavior influences the production and distribution of wealth. 

Economics majors can capitalize on our rigorous curriculum by choosing from a broad array of advanced Economics courses to tailor their studies to their personal interests and career aspirations.

Majoring in Economics can lead to many different career paths. We encourage you to watch this brief video to learn more.

Job and Internship Placement Data


Internships are not required for completion of degree requirements but are HIGHLY recommended. Our students regularly complete internships with outstanding employers while pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Completing one or more internships will help you gain valuable skills and hands-on experience, network with professionals in the field, get an inside scoop on the industry, boost up your resume, gain confidence, and more. Our May 2023 graduates completed internships at the below companies!


Economics majors are highly sought after for their analytical and critical-thinking skills. In fact, Economics majors earn wages comparable to that of Finance majors. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, US Census Bureau data from 2023 show that:

  • Early career median wages: $60,000 for Economics majors and $60,000 for Finance majors
  • Mid-career median wages: $100,000 for Economics majors and $100,000 for Finance majors

And, data collected by the SMU Department of Economics shows our Economics graduates have higher early career median wages than described above!

There are many career paths for SMU students with a degree in Economics. We are constantly impressed by the success our students experience after graduation. See the job titles of our May 2023 graduates! 

And, see where our May 2023 graduates are working now!

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