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Department of Economics

Beyond the Classroom

Going to class is just the beginning of the Christopher Newport experience. The Economics Department offers a wide array of co-curricular activities that enhance your studies.

Many students assist faculty through undergraduate research that often results in conference presentations or publications in scholarly journals. Doing research is one of the best ways you can build on your classroom learning, and will help you develop skills that serve you long after graduation.

As an economics major you can broaden your horizons and experience a foreign culture through study abroad. Our offerings vary, and include a course on renewable energy in Germany and Switzerland. Students explore the production of renewable energy and examine specific policies designed to promote its production by learning directly from key stakeholders.

There are also plenty of opportunities for service learning in our department. Through a course on urban economics, you’ll see a typical city in action by working with food banks, Habitat for Humanity, school systems and city departments. It’s a rich experience that will reveal the complex issues facing cities and help you understand how exercising your civic duties can enhance urban living.

Two of our faculty hold special positions, the The BB&T Professorship for the Study of Capitalism and the Jean Monnet Chair for European Integration Studies, and host experts and events that engage students and the public on some of the major economic issues facing the world today.

We host a chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society, which sponsors events and other learning opportunities for students, while the Economics and Finance Club hosts speakers, panel discussions and social gatherings.

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