What You’ll Study
As an Economics major at Warren Wilson, you’ll receive instruction on analytical and quantitative skills that will get you ready to be an entrepreneur, a non-profit manager, or an executive. You’ll develop your skills in advocacy and policy formulation while thinking deeply, honing your communication skills and getting hands-on experience to sharpen your resume.
You’ll develop strategic thinking with respect to market characteristics and public policy, and you’ll develop critical thinking on economic systems and their relationship to political and ecological realities.
Tracks With Meaning
Students studying Economics can pursue one of two tracks.
- The Economics and Political Economy track emphasizes the interaction between markets, states, and civil society. It focuses on the theory of policy formulation, economic growth, trade, and the formation of markets. Through this track, you’ll learn how to analyze a variety of real world problems: From minimum wages and climate change to world trade and arms races.
- The Business Economics track emphasizes the analysis of commercial activity and its applications. You’ll learn the mechanics of managing a firm in a variety of market contexts and the fundamentals of strategic thinking.
Many Warren Wilson alumni are entrepreneurs. Here are just a handful of the alumni connections between Warren Wilson and local Asheville business:
- Astral (Philip Curry ’95)
- Liberty Bicycles (Claudia ’69 and Mike Nix ’70)
- Southern Raft Supply (Justyn Thompson ’97)
- Clayspace Co-Op (Joshua Copus ’02)
- Second Gear (Eric Smythers ’02)
- Hickory Nut Gap Farm (Amy ’00 and Jamie Ager ’00)
- Bull and Beggar (Matthew Dawes ’98)
- Roots and Fruits Market (Kyle Nuccilli ’14)
- Table and Tod’s Tasties (Jacob ’98 and Alicia Sessoms ’00)
- Organic Mechanic (Charlie Wilson ’04)