I answered a similar question from the CC user oddsmaker90 back on 6/20/07. I hope you don't mind the re-post...it's just that I answer the same questions multiple times on these boards!
Here is an excerpt from his initial post back on 6/19/2007:
<<< I am a prospective econ major. How much recruitment is there on campus? How is job placement? Also, how strong are the international relations (or studies), political science, and public policy departments at Lafayette? I know I want to eventually go into academia. How good is the placement for grad school, law school, etc? >>>
I responded with:
<<< Economics & Business (E&B) majors are heavily recruited by employers. In fact, Career Services seems to cater extensively to E&B majors with major-specific career fairs, alumni dinner panels, networking nights in NYC, and amazing internship opportunities with members of our dedicated alumni network.
I actually know a few students who recently graduated and went directly into posh full-time investment banking positions in New York City. It really is amazing how respected our E&B program is by outside corporations, which may explain why more than 15% of students decide to major in E&B at Lafayette.
As for job placement, I can only provide statistics which reflect students of all majors in any given graduating class. For the Class of 2006, for instance, 61% went on to full-time employment, while about 25% went on to higher education.
Just to summarize, E&B is one of Lafayette's strongest academic departments (second behind Engineering).
The brand-new Policy Studies program seems very interesting. While its focus remains squarely on E&B, it goes beyond the typical E&B topics with its different themes of concentration. For more information on our Policy Studies program, check out http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~policystudies/
and also feel free to contact the Program Chair, Professor William M. Crain, at email@example.com
Our International Affairs major is a combination of E&B, History, Government & Law, and a foreign language. We also offer a major which focuses on E&B and foreign language called "International Economics & Commerce" that you might be interested in. Our I.A. major is quite popular with those looking for a broad-based education.
Placement into higher education is something Lafayette is very proud to boast about! Let's examine placement into medical school as a representative example. Over the past ten years, those students with 3.6+ GPAs and competitive MCAT scores were accepted at a 93% rate. Those with GPAs in the range 3.2-3.6 were accepted at a 75% rate. Nationwide in 2006, only 48% of applicants were accepted by medical schools. Lafayette students applying to medical schools were accepted at a 75% rate in 2006.
Among applicants to law school in 2006, nationwide 64% of candidates were accepted. Of the Lafayette students applying to law school in 2006, 86% were accepted. I believe these numbers speak for themselves! Also be aware that Lafayette offers on-campus LSAT workshops and testing, as well as professional advising through our Office of Preprofessional Advising (more information here: http://www.lafayette.edu/academics/dean/proadvis/
Lafayette doesn't feel the need to publish a cursory list of schools that grads have gone on to for graduate work. However, such a list would definitely include all of the Ivies and the most prestigious larger research universities. As for your question about choosing Lafayette over a top LAC like Williams, please see CC user passionflower8's post where she answers the "Why Lafayette?" question like only she can. FYI, passionflower8 turned down Williams to attend Lafayette as a Marquis Scholar. I'm sure she wouldn't mind me telling you to contact her with any questions you might have about her decision-making process.
All the best,