Program Overview:

Major in Economics

Economists study how individuals, families, companies and nations confront difficult choices about how to use limited resources to meet various needs and wants. Evaluating these choices in terms of criteria such as efficiency, equity and stability, economists search for alternative forms of economic organization that might produce a desirable distribution of material well-being. The major in economics enables students to understand the basic concepts, theories and techniques of economics. Students in economics become familiar with the way economists think about problems and devise solutions to them.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of macroeconomics, microeconomics and international economic concepts
  • Apply economic analysis to evaluate everyday problems and specific policy proposals
  • Understand how to use empirical evidence to evaluate an economic argument
  • Conduct statistical analysis of data and use qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Communicate effectively in written, spoken, and graphical form about economic issues
  • Understand and evaluate current economic events and new economic ideas
  • Organize, interpret and present quantitative data and communicate complex concepts in speech and writing

Required Courses


  • ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 281 Applied Econometrics
  • ECON 310-A, -B Microeconomics
  • ECON 311 Macroeconomics
  • 6 additional 300-level economics courses
  • MATH 220 Differential Calculus
  • STAT 202 Introduction to Statistics
  • 3 additional courses in the social sciences, mathematics or statistics

Program Details

Through introductory and intermediate courses in macroeconomics, the study of national income and price determination, and microeconomics, the study of consumers and producers within the larger economic system, the major provides students with the tools to learn a variety of economic problems. That foundation is complemented by the study of econometrics and advanced courses in macroeconomics and banking, international finance and trade, taxation and public spending, behavioral economics, the economics of developing countries, health care and the environment, as well as in economic theory and methods. Economics majors acquire analytical and critical thinking skills valuable for employment and graduate studies in economics and a wide range of fields and disciplines.