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Academic Programs

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The Department of Economics offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Economics. The program provides instruction on economic institutions and a rigorous foundation in the analytical tools and applied areas of economics, relying on mathematical and statistical techniques. Students learn how the price system operates; how consumers, firms, and government institutions allocate scarce resources; and the determinants of national output, inflation, unemployment, economic growth, and international trade. Laws, regulations, and institutions that influence economic activity are also studied. After learning the basic tools of microeconomics and macroeconomics in the introductory courses, students go on to more advanced coursework where they can apply economics principles to a number of areas, including finance, urban economics, labor economics, and international trade. We offer a mix of mathematically intensive courses for those who enjoy the challenges of formal modeling as well as applied courses that focus more on public policies and business.

The program provides a strong grounding for many careers in banking, insurance, service and manufacturing firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. It also gives an excellent background to students who intend to continue their education. In particular, it provides strong preparation for law school, an MBA program, and graduate studies in economics, business, public administration, and public policy.

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Students who wish to take some economics coursework may consider our Minor in Economics, which requires six courses. The minor is often a good complement to majors in finance, business, political science, sociology, mathematics, premed, engineering, and other related fields.

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