Mission of the Economics Department
The Department of Economics, an integral member of the School of Arts and Sciences, offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. The Department has a commitment to prepare students to be thoughtful, responsible, successful and involved citizens in a rapidly changing world. The Department also aspires to increase understanding of the (1) significance that Heterodox Approaches play in Economics and (2) the interconnectedness of the social and behavioral sciences. In preparation for the significant future evolution in economic thought that is likely to take effect in the coming years, the Department seeks to develop and maintain a faculty that includes members from various schools of thought, both orthodox and heterodox. To enhance the educational process and the scholarly reputation and profile of the Department, members of the Department engage in research and offer their expertise to inform community decisions and debate. In particular, we value theoretical, applied and cooperative research that can be integrated into the courses that we teach. The Department takes pride in its collegial and supportive environment; great colleagues that support each other on matters related to teaching, research, and service.
We are an enthusiastic group of educators that relies on diverse techniques to adapt to the different learning styles of our students. Our ultimate goal is for students to think like economists in their own right; not simply to learn the arguments of various schools of thought (no matter how significant or influential any particular school might be).
We are a dynamic group of researchers that values and supports a diverse research agenda for the Department as a whole. We are also ready to offer constructive criticism on each other’s research. While single authorships are recognized and appreciated, we understand that this could be a daunting task given our relatively high teaching and service loads. Therefore, we value and encourage co-authorships among our members.
As a group of supportive colleagues, we understand that both the short-term operations and long-term vitality of the department depend upon the ongoing efforts and forward-looking planning of all group members. We also understand that we have certain service responsibilities within the School of Arts and Sciences and the University, and we take our service responsibilities seriously. The Department strives to have an equitable distribution of service duties among its members.
The mission of the Economics Department is subordinate to the respective missions of both Central Connecticut State University and the School of Arts and Sciences. To that end, the Department recognizes that higher education is an extraordinary tool to advance the personal, social, intellectual, and professional growth of students. As such, the Department has:
- Designed a rigorous and structured undergraduate program of study in economic science which meets the requirements of all nationally recognized graduate programs.
- Committed a substantial amount of faculty resources to service the needs of the Schools of Business, Engineering and Technology, and Education and Professional Studies, as well as the General Education requirements of the University.
- Committed itself to serve the people of Connecticut by sharing faculty skills and expertise with the community.
- A commitment to promote global understanding through seminars and faculty exchanges.