Economics stresses the role of markets and institutions on business, political and socioeconomic outcomes. By emphasizing applied economics, the program encourages majors to hone their strategic thinking skills, learn to anticipate the unintended consequences of actions, and engage in consequential thinking about changes over time. By stressing oral and written communication and statistical analysis, the program encourages majors to acquire the skills necessary to communicate ideas. Economics graduates use economic tools to evaluate and pose reasoned solutions to multi-faceted, complex problems, as a result, they are in high demand in any field where decision making and reasoning are emphasized. Our bachelor's degree is an excellent springboard to an MBA or law degree. Our master's program prepares graduates for research and policy positions in government and business. Although we emphasize applied economics, we also provide students with the rigorous preparation necessary to pursue doctorates in economics.
Honors Program in Economics
To graduate with Economics Department honors student must have an overall GPA of 3.2; a GPA of 3.5 for all upper division economics courses; and must complete a supervised honors thesis. The prerequisite for enrollment in the honors thesis section of Econ 180 (Independent Studies) is completion of 100W. Thesis guidelines are available in the Economics Office.