Why Study Economics & Strategy?
This concentration examines business issues from the perspective of economics. Students look at how businesses position themselves to be competitive in the marketplace and how economic conditions influence decision making. Those majoring in this area become prepared for opportunities in management consulting firms, accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and other fields.
The John M. Olin Business School
Olin Business School, founded in 1917, has a longstanding reputation for outstanding business education. We equip high-potential students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to become leaders in a time of intense competition and global change. Participants in our programs learn much more than management theory and practice; they acquire new ways of thinking that can profoundly change their lives and the success of their organization.
Typical Courses for Economics & Strategy
All managerial economics and strategy majors take:
- Empirical Techniques for Industry Analysis
- Game Theory for Business
- Market Competition and Value Appropriation
- Research in Industry Analysis
To prepare students for the case-based and behavioral interviews typically required for consulting positions, Olin offers several student groups that focus on case competitions. For example, in the Washington University Consulting Association, student members prepare for case-based and behavioral interviews and, generally, promote awareness of the consulting profession. Also, Olin’s Arch Consulting student group is a business case competition group that competes in intercollegiate business case competitions across the country.
Olin Programs Abroad
Almost all business activity today is conducted on a global basis. In preparing for career opportunities in any area of business activity, students are well-served to incorporate study of the international character of business into their overall course of study.
International Internship Programs
Olin’s International Internship Programs offer students the opportunity to combine classroom learning with an internship experience in England, Australia, France, Germany, or Israel. Participants in any of these programs earn 15 units of academic credit and placement in a semester-long internship while abroad. Students also write a significant research paper and present an oral presentation at the end of the program.
Study Abroad Programs
Olin students have the opportunity to pursue a strictly academic focus in their study abroad experience. Taking classes in a local university, interacting with its students, and experiencing the culture and excitement of a foreign city offer students a challenging and rewarding experience. Olin maintains exchange relationships with Bocconi University in Milan (Italy); Carlos III University in Madrid (Spain); Chinese University of Hong Kong; ESCP in Paris (France); FGV in Sao Paulo (Brazil); Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; University of Melbourne (Australia); Singapore Management University; and WHU in Koblenz (Germany).
Honors in Management
The Honors Program consists of a two-semester Honors Seminar taken senior year. Honors candidates must complete a total of 126 credit hours of academic work, including both semesters of the Honors Seminar. To participate in the Honors Program, students are nominated and selected by the School’s faculty.
Graduating seniors in the top 5 percent of their graduating class based on their overall record at Washington University will graduate “Summa Cum Laude.” Seniors in the next 10 percent will graduate “Magna Cum Laude.” These designations are recorded on the official University transcript.
Beta Gamma Sigma
The top seven percent of the junior class and the top 10 percent of the senior class are eligible for invitation to Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honorary. Students must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at Washington University to be eligible.
Student Life at Olin
There are a number of undergraduate student organizations and many opportunities for student engagement at Olin. We encourage students to fully investigate all of these options and to become active participants in the ones that interest them.
- Alpha Kappa Psi, an international business fraternity
- Arch Consulting, a case competition group
- Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor organization
- BSBA Alumni Mentor Program
- Delta Sigma Pi, an international business fraternity
- Ellevate, a professional women’s network
- International Business Association
- Marketing Association
- MicrOlin, a microfinance group
- National Black MBA Association
- NetImpact, an organization focused on socially and environmentally sustainable business practices
- Olin Business Council, Olin’s student government
- Olin Peer Ambassadors
- Olin Sports Management Organization
- Phi Gamma Nu, an international business fraternity
- Student Investment Fund
- Washington University Student Investment Fund
- Women’s Mentor Program
Olin’s Graduate Study in Business Opportunities
We offer an array of options to combine your undergraduate degree with graduate study in business:
Early admission 3+2 MBA program
Specialized Masters Programs
- Master of Accounting
- Master of Science in Finance
- Corporate Finance Track
- Quantitative Finance Track
- Global Master of Finance
- Accelerated Master of Science in Finance
- Master of Science in Supply Chain Management
- Master of Customer Analytics