College of Liberal Arts

Curricula in Economics

Economics involves the study of how people—as consumers, workers and managers—make decisions about money and resources and the results of these decisions at the local, national and international levels. Thus, economics is about such current issues as inflation, unemployment, monopoly, pollution, protectionism, poverty, the government deficit and tax reform.

The curriculum in economics gives students the opportunity to combine the breadth of a liberal arts education with sound preparation for careers in economics, business or law. Coursework in economics carefully integrates theory with practical applications, examining the role of economic analysis in business and public policy decisions. Economics teaches students how to think concisely and systematically about problems—and how to solve them.

Both the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered. Each curriculum combines economics with coursework in mathematics, statistics and accounting to develop the student's analytical and quantitative skills. Students may select a minor or area of concentration in a second area of study. Students can choose to place additional emphasis on liberal arts such as a foreign language, history, journalism, political science or psychology. Alternatively, students can opt for a more business-oriented degree by electing an emphasis in such areas as accounting, business analysis, computer science or finance.

The Department of Economics participates actively in the University Honors Program. Honors sections of ECON 202 and 203 are scheduled regularly. For more details, please see the University Honors Program section in this catalog.