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Registration for Department Information

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech.The Department hopes that you will make Virginia Tech your home.

We are here to help you make this most important decision about your next 4 years. The Department’s Undergraduate Advisor, Erika Perdue, is a great resource please email her with any questions at

The Department of Economics focuses on teaching, research, and outreach in regard to economic issues at the state, national, and international levels. We offer general education courses that provide undergraduates from across the university with a background in the business, policy, and international aspects of economics they need to support their programs of study. The majority of our faculty is engaged in interdisciplinary or international research collaboration.

Students that graduate with a degree in Economics, College of Science, (ECAS) are sought after by most graduate programs, especially Economics and Law Schools. Graduates that decide to enter the workforce upon graduation find that organizations in a wide variety of fields seek their knowledge and skills for a variety of positions.

    • Federal, state, and local government agencies and contractors from the CIA to the Department of Agriculture
    • International organizations such as the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), World Bank, World Trade Organization (WTO), and Red Cross.
    • Medical care and research
    • Legal firms
    • Engineering
    • Data and Analytical firms
    • Banking and Financial Institutions


Major Requirements

The Department of Economics requires all students in Economics, College of Science (ECAS)  to complete the following courses.

Principles of Economics (ECON 2005-2006)

Microeconomic Theory (ECON 3104)

Macroeconomic Theory (ECON 3204)

Applied Data Analysis (ECON 3254) or Econometrics (ECON 4304)

STAT 3005 (ECAS) or BIT 2405-2406 (ECON)

15 hours of ECON Electives at the 3000 and 4000 level

Free Electives

Instead of defining a program of study for students the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech wants students to be able to focus on their own interest in addition to economics. Therefore, the undergraduate program is structured so that students can easily double major.

In fact, the department strongly encourages majors to Double Major in majors in the College of Science and any of the other colleges, especially those majors in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and Engineering.

Students that decide not to double major are encouraged to declare multiple minors to provide focus to their degree. The number of free electives in the ECAS program allows students lots of choices in determining their courses.

Curriculum for Liberal Education

These are the general education requirements that all students at Virginia Tech must complete. These include two courses in English, 2 courses in Cultural Traditions, 2 courses in Science (lectures and corresponding labs), 3 courses in Math, 1 course in Fine Arts, and 1 course that focuses on global context.


The process earn a degree in Economics at Virginia Tech begins with applying for admission to the university. All information regarding the undergraduate admission process can be found at