Economics

Economics


The Department of Economics seeks to equip students with the basic tools needed to understand the operation of a modern economy, including the role of markets and organizations in the allocation of resources as well as the factors that determine income, employment, and economic growth. Students use formal analysis and empirical observation to shed light on varied socio-economic issues and to develop several valuable skills in the process, including the ability to apply logical thought to economic problems, the ability to observe and draw inferences from data, and the ability to present economic ideas in compelling writing and speech.

An economics degree is well complemented by a minor in a discipline like business, mathematics, computer science, history, sociology, or political science. Ambitious students often embrace the challenge of double majoring in economics and one of the aforementioned disciplines.

B.A. in Economics

The major in economics offers a unique combination of theory and practical applications, preparing students to think analytically about real world economic problems. Not only majoring in economics is considered to be a lucrative option with remarkable job market versatility, but it also provides intellectual challenges likely to appeal to inquisitive minds. Indeed, this field usually attracts students who enjoy using intuitive logical arguments to gain insight on socio-economic problems and public policy issues, and who are often inspired not only by practical considerations but also by their intellectual curiosity and a desire to contribute to society.

The program seeks to equip students with the basic tools needed to understand the operation of a modern economy, including the role of markets and organizations in the allocation of resources as well as the factors that determine income, employment and economic growth. Aside from the introductory economics sequence (Introduction to Economics 1 and 2), the Economics Department offers a variety of more advanced elective courses, including Money and Banking, Economic Development, Industrial Organization, Government Regulation, Public Finance, Urban Economics, International Economics, and other subjects. The underlying goal is to train students to use formal analysis and empirical observation to shed light on varied socio-economic issues and to develop several valuable skills in the process, including the ability to apply logical thought to economic problems, the ability to observe and draw inferences from data, and the ability to present economic ideas in compelling writing and speech.

Economics majors are encouraged to consider the possibility of complementing their studies with a minor in a discipline like business, mathematics, computer science, history, sociology or political science. Ambitious students often have embraced the challenge of double majoring in economics and one of the aforementioned disciplines.

Why Major in Economics?

From individual career, investment, and retirement decisions to global financial markets, internal organization of large firms, international trade, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and the government's role in regulating and stabilizing the economy, few majors have such broad application in business and everyday life.

Financial Trading Floor

Students take advantage of professional Bloomberg financial markets trading terminals.

CONTACT

Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberals Arts & Sciences

David Cohen, Dean