ECONOMICS

The Department of Economics offers a B.A. degree in economics with options in quantitative economics, financial economics, and political economics.

Economics is the study of how a society is organized to produce and distribute material goods and services. It is a combination of technical knowledge of industry and commerce as well as a broad theoretical and practical understanding of major aspects of the economy.

The economics major requirement includes a basic core of courses in economic principles and theory. The student, in consultation with an adviser, may then select courses based on individual interest and the wide variety of career options available to economics majors.

As one of the crucial fields in the government, manufacturing, and service sectors, students will find economics to be an especially attractive field to help them prepare for a future career. By virtue of its broad nature, economics readily widens students’ choices to join the work force and/or pursue their graduate studies. Students who wish to join the work force, attend law school or work toward advanced degrees in other applied areas are advised to choose the basic B.A. in economics, which emphasizes preparation in applied economics and data processing. Those who plan to do graduate studies in economics or business are advised to take the B.A. in economics—quantitative option, which offers more preparation in mathematics, statistics and theoretical economics. Students interested in government, politics and law may take the political economy option. Students interested in financial services and investments may take the financial economics option.

Potential areas of employment for economics students are diverse. They include the financial sector, government sector and manufacturing sector. The flexibility of the programs not only provides internship and cooperative education opportunities with local industry, but, with the proper advisement, also permits students to combine course work with computer science, mathematics, social sciences, business, humanities, natural sciences and communication arts.

The economics minor program is intended to provide a background in economics to the student with a major in another field. The technical economics minor is intended to serve the needs of students from mathematics and the sciences who are interested in combining their degrees with economics and related areas and/or planning to pursue their graduate studies in economics and related areas. This minor is open to all interested students.

Students should consult the department for the most recent curriculum and career information.