Students engage in a distinctive curriculum that emphasizes application of economic principles through real-world experiences and global opportunities. Students choose from six distinct tracks for majors: theoretical economics, economics and law, economics and business, international economics, economics and public policy, and general economics.

Fast Facts
  • Ranked top-20 nationally in doctorates per graduate
  • The Nobel Economists Lecture series brings Nobel Laureates in Economics to engage with students on campus
  • Vast alumni network provides opportunities for students and recent graduates
  • Scholarships and honorable awards recognize current students


What You'll Study

A diverse curriculum tailored to your interests


Our faculty are betting on you and your future

Faculty in the department of economics create unique and personalized opportunities for students that range from research and internships to community outreach and study abroad.

Ricardo Manuel Santos
Ricardo Manuel Santos, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor
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John Anders, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Benjamin Harrell
Assistant Professor
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Jordan Izenwasser
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Hyojung Kang
Visiting Assistant Professor
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David A. Macpherson, Ph.D.
E.M. Stevens Professor of Economics
Shana McDermott
Shana McDermott, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Joseph Stinn
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Konstantin Zhukov
Visiting Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Inside and outside the classroom, our students stand out


The Roger Spencer Scholarship for Superior Performance in Economics

The McNair Scholars Program


Honors Programs

Honors Thesis 

Qualified majors may complete a 2-semester thesis to receive departmental honors.


Research Opportunities

Students work with faculty to co-author articles, publish academic papers, and deliver national and international presentations.

Study Abroad

Students go further with study abroad.



Students gain hands-on experience through internships that take classroom lessons into real-world situations.

Student Organizations

The Economics Society hosts lectures, guest speakers, and informal gatherings with students and faculty.


Student Awards and Recognition

The Walter Adams Prize for Excellence in Economics

Joe C. Ashby Achievement Award

Omicron Delta Epsilon Award

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Trinity's Nobel Economists Lecture Series brings some of the most brilliant and influential economists of our time to the Trinity campus.

When You Graduate

Easily market yourself

Some graduates of the economics major choose to pursue higher degrees in relevant fields such as law or business. Others combine their economics B.A. with unique interests and forge their own paths in entrepreneurship, health care, and more.



Graduates are prepared for a wide range of future careers. Many have entered leading Ph.D. programs in economics and public policy, and even received fellowships. Others have entered the banking industry, joined business ventures, or conducted research.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC San Diego
  • University of Chicago Economics
  • Yale

Career Areas:

  • Academia
  • Business
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Public Policy

Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

  • City of Austin
  • Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.
  • First Solar
  • KPMG
  • Lockheed Martin
  • McKenzie
  • Morgan Stanley
  • SAP


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