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The Department of Economics at Vassar aims to deepen students’ understanding of the economic forces that shape our global society and profoundly influence our daily lives. Whatever their intended majors, students will find exposure to the topics and methods of economics to be valuable. It will sharpen their reasoning skills, broaden their acquaintance with important economic issues, deepen their understanding of government policies and business behavior, and equip them for positions of leadership in today’s world. A background in economics helps open doors to careers in a variety of fields including finance, law, politics, international affairs, and the media.