Econ major in A&S or Carroll?

<p>Is it better to major in Econ in the COM or A&S if you are looking for a job on wall street (something like investment banking)? I know BC is not a main target, but are there any recruiters on campus?</p>

<p>BC is what many people would call a "semi-target." Not all the bulge bracket firms do a lot of recruiting, but several do. Your best bet is probably CSOM, as the alumni base would be more relevant, and there are additional career services that A&S doesn't have. </p>

<p>I think I heard that econ in CSOM is more watered down than in A&S though, don't quote me. If you go into CSOM and want something like IB, best bet is probably majoring in finance.</p>

<p>Alright thanks for the advice!</p>

<p>Econ in CSOM consists of either 4 or 6 classes, I forget. Econ in A&S is either 12 or 14. Needless to say, being in A&S will definitely prepare you better, but as for actual job hunting, I personally don't think it matters all too much. If you know your stuff and do well, you'll get interviews.</p>

<p>As ortsac stated earlier, BC isn't bulge-bracket, but it does attract many I-banks including Goldman, Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Merrill/BoA, TD-Bank, RBS, Credit Suisse, JPMorgan, Nomura, UBS, etc. BC also gets a host of other financial services firms, consulting firms, etc. You definitely won't be at a loss when recruiting happens on campus.</p>

<p>Dear patriotsfan1 : One of my undergraduate degrees is in Economics and my older child (May 2011 graduate) has a dual degree from CAS in Chemistry/Economics. Now, my graduate degrees are in Mathematics, so let me disclose that "bias" before answering the question.</p>

<p>Overall, the treatment of Economics in general is more rigorous in the College of Arts and Sciences with all due respect to the CSOM Economics courses. </p>

<p>Now, the question you should be asking is what is meant by "more rigorous"? Hard core economics involves heavy duty mathematics and particular skills in both calculus and statistics. CSOM will generally shy away from this type of mathematical treatment of the subject in favor of its business oriented audience; while not all CAS/Economics courses will get into this type of detail, you will find some courses which will require a stronger mathematics foundation.</p>

<p>In the first year, where macroeconomics and microeconomics are first covered, the content differences between a CSOM and CAS treatment of the topics will be minimal. The observations offered by miragemage regarding investment banking views is accurate.</p>