Economics Overview

The Economics major is built on a foundation of strong theoretical and statistical training.  The major provides students solid grounding in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, statistical and econometric methodology, as well as applied economic analysis.  The Economics major emphasizes the role of incentives and institutions in shaping economic outcomes and how public policies influence economic performance and individual outcomes.  Special emphases in the program include labor economics, public economics, political economy, law and economics, environmental economics, empirical methods, and U.S. economic history.

In addition to having a solid understanding of economic theory, our program has a special emphasis on empirical research methods in economics.  All students engage in research (with faculty, in teams, and independently) that involves analyzing data and answering well-formulated questions related to public policies.  With these research experiences, our students are competitive for research internships, fellowships, and pre-graduate summer programs.

Students graduating with an Economics major will be well prepared for advanced study in economics, management, law, public policy, urban and regional planning, or medicine.  Career paths include business management, consulting, finance, federal, state and local government service, non-governmental organization and non-profit agency service, or community development.

Areas of Research in Economics                         Careers

  • Sustainability, Biofuels, Land Use,
    and Crop Index Insurance
  • Local Politics
  • Economics:  Impact of Education on Income
Economic Analyst

Economics Learning Outcomes


Upon graduation, our graduates demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of organizations and institutions in a society, the impact of organizations and institutions on the economic environment and outcomes, and how incentives influence individual and organizational behavior and performance.
  2. Recognize and describe how government actions affect economic performance and how economic interests influence government decisions.
  3. Design and conduct research that will inform managerial and policy decision-making, including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data using familiar software packages.

Define problems and identify multifaceted explanations for complex economic phenomena by using information and data from multiple sources to answer the questions at hand.


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