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Department of Economics

Economics Book Club

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Both Economics and Political Economy study how individuals and societies organize the production and distribution of goods and services. Both fields are also concerned with the historical development of economies along with how various groups and classes interact within the economy.

All policy issues in modern societies have an economic and a political economy dimension, and so the study of Economics or Political Economy provides students the ability to understand many of the fundamental problems faced by society. Further, because both fields emphasize systematic thinking and the analysis of data, training in both these fields offer excellent preparation for a variety of careers along with excellent preparation for many professions and graduate school.

Among the theoretical approaches represented in the department are mainstream economics, institutionalism, feminism, and political economy. By taking courses from faculty who do research in these various approaches, students gain a more valuable intellectual experience than typically provided by an economics department.

Graduates from the Economics Department have expressed their appreciation by contributing many thousands of dollars to special scholarships available only to current Economics students.

The program learning outcomes of our BA programs are:

  • Majors will gain general and transferable skills, and
  • Majors will have the ability to analyze the economy and society. 

In addition, we aim to facilitate our majors' flourishing as individuals and as citizens. 

B.A. in Economics

The B.A. in Economics provides the student with rigorous training in economic theory, data analysis, and the analysis of public policy. On the one hand, the major involves a consideration of how individuals, firms, and governments balance costs and benefits to achieve their goals. On the other hand, the major considers the larger institutional and macroeconomics structures that shape the decisions of economic and non-economic actors.

The B.A. in Economics has three concentrations:

The B.A. in Economics provides excellent preparation for a variety of jobs in the private sector, non-profits, and government. It also provides excellent preparation for a variety of graduate and professional schools.

B.A. in Political Economy

The B.A. in Political Economy provides students with a knowledge of contemporary issues and policy along with a set of practical skills preparing students for employment in community groups, unions, non-profits, government, and private businesses. This program also equips students to enter professional schools along with graduate schools in various disciplines.

The major combines course work from Economics and other disciplines to create a coherent program investigating the behavior of the economy and society using a broader and more inclusive framework than found in standard economics programs. In particular, this program is an innovative blend of coursework from mainstream economics, heterodox economics, and non-economics disciplines. The program provides students with the skills necessary to perform research and data analysis along with allowing students to gain additional practical skills such as writing for the public, accounting, and geographic information systems.

Importantly, the program gives students the option to systematically investigate gender, race, and ethnicity. To promote student engagement with the community, the program has a service-learning course.