In the Department of Economics, we take undergraduate teaching seriously. We offer courses leading to a BA in Economics with concentrations in the following fields: economic theory; quantitative methods; public policy; strategy, law and the economy; labor economics; and international economic relations. In addition, double majors with other degree programs or minors in Economics are encouraged as methods to understand disciplines more deeply.
Economic Theory is the basic building material for most other fields. Each major is required to take tee introductory theory courses of Econ 103 (Micro) and 104 (Macro), as well as the intermediate theory courses of Econ 301 (Micro) and 302 (Macro).
These courses teach the fundamentals of economic interest. The courses present mathematical models which capture and extend the economic theory taught in the required courses.
The Economics of Public Policy
This module presents the economic issues and prescriptions in a variety of critical public policy areas. Topics include the blight and rejuvenation of inner cities, the movement of industry into the Sunbelt, the soaring cost of medical care, the degrading of our environment, etc.
Strategy, Law and the Economy
This module presents the crucial connections between the economy and the legal system. Laws influence property rights, the ability to trade and enforce contracts. Specific laws limit mergers, prohibit strategic pricing, and regulate entire industries.
These courses explore the operation and policy arising from the labor market. Topics include the role of unions, policies to alleviate unemployment and poverty, the minimum wage, education, training, and the economics of human resources.
International Economic Relations
The world’s economies are increasingly linked with the rise of international trade, multinational corporations and intermeshed financial markets. This module provides critical analysis of this trend, those who benefit, those that are left out and the role of public policy.
All majors in economics must complete a research experience by selecting a 400- or 500-level course (except Econ 415) in which they will write and present a research paper. The contents of the paper and the presentation of the results will be arranged by the student with the faculty member teaching the course at the beginning of the semester. Once the paper is complete and has been presented in class, the student will submit to the faculty member a Research Requirement Completion form to indicate that this degree requirement has been satisfied. This form will be signed by the faculty member and submitted to the Chair of the Economics Department.
Honors in the Major
Departmental honors are awarded upon graduation to students who achieve a 3.00 GPA on all credits attempted, a 3.50 GPA on all credits that count toward the major, and a 3.50 GPA on all credits in advanced-level (numbered 300 and above) courses that count toward the major.