Economics Major Economics Major Economics is the study of how to make optimal decisions in a scarce environment. Cadets in this major will focus on applying economic theory to the practice of leadership. Breadcrumb economics major Majors-and-Minors-left MENU Explore Academic Majors and Minors Academic Majors American Politics Major Applied Statistics and Data Sciences Major Chemical Engineering Major Chemistry Major Civil Engineering Major Computer Science Major Cyber Science Major Defense and Strategic Studies Major Economics Major Electrical Engineering Major Engineering Management Major Engineering Psychology Major English Major Environmental Engineering Major Environmental Science Major Foreign Area Studies: Africa Major Foreign Area Studies: East Asia Major Foreign Area Studies: Eurasia Major Foreign Area Studies: Europe Major Foreign Area Studies: Latin America Major Foreign Area Studies: Middle East Major Foreign Language: Arabic Major Foreign Language: Chinese Major Foreign Language: French Major Foreign Language: German Major Foreign Language: Persian Major Foreign Language: Portuguese Major Foreign Language: Russian Major Foreign Language: Spanish Major Geography Major Geospatial Information Science Major History Major International Affairs Major Kinesiology Major Law and Legal Studies Major Life Science Major Management Major Mathematical Sciences Major Mechanical Engineering Major Nuclear Engineering Major Operations Research Major Philosophy Major Physics Major Sociology Major Space Science Major Systems & Decision Sciences Major Systems Engineering Major Academic Minors Aeronautical Engineering Minor America in the World Minor American Foundations Minor Applied Statistics Minor Cyber Security Minor Diversity and Inclusion Studies Minor Engineering Management Minor General History Minor Geography Minor Grand Strategy Minor Network Science Minor Nuclear Science Minor Photonics Minor Regional Studies Minor Robotics Minor Space Science Minor Systems Engineering Minor Terrorism Studies Minor War Technology and Society Minor Guidance on Choosing an Academic Major Overview Courses Enrichment The economics major provides critical thinking skills applied to human behavior and answers the following questions: What is produced, how is it produced, and to whom is it allocated? Mathematical models are used to develop and test optimal resource allocation mechanisms. These models also provide the necessary foundation to analyze policy regimes within individual markets as well as aggregate economies. These skills are directly applicable to decision makers in tactical command positions who must achieve desirable outcomes with personnel and equipment constraints as well as national strategic decision makers who face similar aggregate constraints. The economics major also provides deep proficiency in quantitative methods, particularly nonlinear optimization, for more specialized areas such as operations research, resource management, and strategy. This major offers an honors track. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences. Podcast: West Point cadets on why they chose to major in Social Sciences Required Courses SS368 ECONOMETRICS I SS382 MICROECONOMICS SS388 MACROECONOMICS Sample Electives SS380 MANPOWER-LABOR ECONOMICS SS387 PUBLIC FINANCE SS484 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS SS364 GAME THEORY SS380 MANPOWER-LABOR ECONOMICS SS385 HISTORY OF ECONOMICS SS387 PUBLIC FINANCE SS390 BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS3 SS394 FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS SS461 INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION SS462 ECON OF STABILIZATION & GROWTH SS463 INVESTMENTS THEORY & APPL SS469 ECONOMETRICS II SS470 MONEY AND BANKING SS484 INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS SS487 INT'L POLITICAL ECONOMY SS490D COLLOQUIUM (ECONOMICS) SS494 PRINCIPLES OF FINANCE SS497 ISSUES IN MICROECONOMIC THEORY This major offers an honors track. To learn more, view the full Economics Major Curriculum. Cadets in this major have the opportunity to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience. They can also engage in activities outside of the classroom with events hosted by organizations such as the Investment Club. This major offers an honors track. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences or the Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis.