Using Your Degree

This page will help you understand the ways your Economics degree has helped you to become career-ready. Read more about the skills you have developed studying Economics, and develop the confidence to talk to others about what you know you can do because of your studies.

How your CHSS degree prepares you for a career of your choice

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is the home of the University’s liberal education curriculum. This curriculum focuses on students’ intellectual and personal development, providing them with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) and subject matter expertise through in-depth study in a specific area of interest.

Employers agree that those who succeed academically within their field, but also possess a broad knowledge base in other areas, are more desirable employees. The education CHSS provides for all students, helps them develop necessary transferable skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.

A CHSS education is essential for Mason students’ success in a global economy, preparing them to navigate complexity, diversity, and change. Students develop a sense of social responsibility and for informed citizenship.  

Adapted from “What Is a Liberal Education?” Association of American Colleges & Universities.

Applying what you've learned through the study of Economics

There couldn't be a better or more appropriate time to study Economics. An essential tool for understanding the complexities of modern society, Economics analyzes more than just the monetary forces that have shaped our society. Connect with Mason's internationally-renowned faculty; a group that will guide your exploration of economic theory and prepare you for careers in business, law, government, communications, policy, data management, international studies, and engineering, among others.

Economics majors know...

  • how people interact within markets to get what they want or accomplish certain goals
  • fundamental concepts and foundational theoretical models in the field of microeconomics
  • different schools of thought within the field of macroeconomics
  • important insights from a wide-range of other fields of economics including an awareness of the academic strengths of our program in Public Choice, Austrian Economics, and Free-Market Economics
  • quantitative methods needed to effectively analyze data for economic problems

Economics majors can...

  • propose solutions to business and policy challenges by applying key theories and models of economics
  • analyze and interpret statistical data for economic forecasting, business decision-making, and public policy analysis
  • evaluate two or more arguments that have different conclusions to a specific economic problem
  • prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results
  • communicate effectively the insights of our discipline to researchers as well as practitioners alike