Economics and Business Department

Hilary Term at OxfordHilary Term at Oxford
Adam Witham ‘16
It is near the end of Hilary term at Oxford, and I thankfully have made it through the Fifth Week "Blues." Fifth Week is generally the most intense week of every term from the sheer number of assignments. My work continues to focus on maths at St Edmund Hall. I currently have tutorials in further linear algebra, groups and group actions, and vector calculus. Vector calculus remains my personal favorite because of the mix between calculation-type problems as well as analysis and proofs. Though I find that the workload this term is heightened in comparison to last, I am still enjoying my time at the Mathematical Institute. Full Story...


Student Program Leads to Bone Marrow DonationStudent Program Leads to Bone Marrow Donation
John Dudley '95
Sometimes, the situation makes the man. Thanks to a quick decision, senior Brian Collins-who has never even donated blood before-will be a bone marrow donor later this month.Last fall, Hampden-Sydney held its third "Get Swabbed" drive to help match potential bone marrow donors with cancer patients. The likelihood of being even a preliminary match is less than 1%. Among preliminary matches, fewer than 12% can actually donate bone marrow. Brian knew his chances were slim, but he thought he might as well take part. Full Story...


Economics in the Liberal Arts
At Hampden-Sydney College, economics is an exploration of the world using the tools of economic analysis, an exercise in critical thinking, and a chance to enhance your ability to operate successfully in the world.

The many distinct specialties that potentially emerge from a base of economic knowledge require us to offer three distinct majors within the department.

  • Economics and Business Major
  • (General) Economics Major
  • Mathematical Economics Major

As an economics department within a liberal arts college, we serve the student body at large as well as our majors. To do this we focus our efforts in four areas…

Accessibility
Our introduction to economics class is taught as if it were the only course that students will ever take in economics, as opposed to the first class in a series. We want every student, not just economics majors, to have the opportunity to learn the economic way of thinking. 

Breadth
What we do matters. If applied properly, the tools of economics can lead to greater insight into many issues of great importance. We offer a wide variety of courses that allow students to apply economic analysis to different areas including commerce and finance, public policy, health, globalization and the environment.

Advanced Scholarship
We offer several courses in advanced theory including financial analysis, Austrian theory, econometrics, history of thought and mathematical economics. In addition, senior seminars offer opportunities to do meaningful research in business management and public policy.

Co-curricular Opportunities
The faculty of the economics department is actively engaged in the scholarship of their fields and we want our students to have that opportunity as well. To this end we offer independent studies for credit, research grants through various privately funded sources as well as extra-curricular activities related to the study and application of economic principles.