Celebrating the Achievements of our Economics Graduates!

On May 11, 2024, we proudly celebrated a significant milestone for the Department of Economics as 142 bright minds were awarded their degrees. Among them were 133 undergraduates, 7 master’s students, and 2 PhD students, each marking the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and passion for the field of economics. Congratulations to each and every one of them as they embark on the next chapter. Their time here has equipped them with the analytical tools and critical thinking skills needed to navigate and influence the global economic landscape.

Watch a video of the ceremony here.


ECO Career Blog is Live!

The Economics department is excited to announce that our new ECO Career Blog is now live! In addition to job opportunities, the blog will contain information about internships, webinars, graduate school, conferences, etc.  Please visit the site as often as you’d like to learn more about professional development opportunities, which are updated often.

You can navigate to the blog using this link: https://blog.smu.edu/ecocareers/, or by clicking on the highlighted link on the Undergraduate Programs page :

Reynolds Presented the 2023 Extra Mile Award

Dr. Helen Reynolds, Senior Lecturer and Maguire Teaching Fellow is one of three winners of the 2023 Extra Mile Award for exceptional work helping and inspiring students who learn differently.

She is known for her engaging teaching style, dedication to teaching and learning, and her caring demeanor. Students say she explains topics thoroughly and uses visual aids to help visual learners. She also helps students with accommodations for testing, working around their schedules and making herself available to answer questions. Congratulations on this well deserved award!



Celebrating the Accomplishments of Our 2023 Economics Graduates


As we bid farewell to another academic year, it is with great pleasure and pride that we extend our warmest congratulations to the 2023 graduates of the Department of Economics!  We celebrate not only our students’ academic achievements but also the exciting futures that lie ahead. They have shown resilience in navigating complex economic theories, mastering analytical skills, and applying knowledge to real-world problems. The countless hours spent conducting research, engaging in spirited discussions, and collaborating with peers have paid off, and we could not be prouder of them.

Economists possess a unique perspective that can shape the world in profound ways. Their expertise in understanding the complexities of markets, decision-making, and policy implications gives them a solid foundation for diverse career paths. Many of our students double majored while at SMU in fields ranging broadly from physics, to journalism, to public policy. Seventy-Two percent of our graduates had an internship during their time at SMU, and 41% of graduates accepted an offer of full-time employment prior to graduating. Most of our students heading  to the workforce found employment in finance and insurance, while 16% of our graduates were bound for graduate or law school.

We are excited to see the positive impact our graduates will undoubtedly make in the world, and we look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments!


SMU instructors invited to Inclusive Teaching Academy

Beth Wheaton and Mea Ahlberg have been invited to attend and participate in the Notre Dame Inclusive Teaching Academy. This 3-day event will be held at Notre Dame and will feature a small number of instructors from Notre Dame and peer institutions. Continue reading “SMU instructors invited to Inclusive Teaching Academy”