Bachelor of Arts

Economics

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in economics offers students the opportunity to explore different views and approaches to economic questions and policies. The program’s rigorous structure prepares students for multiple pathways to either enter the workforce after graduation or pursue graduate studies. Economics students develop a number of marketable skills that prepare them to be competitive job market and graduate school candidates, including critical thinking, policy evaluation, quantitative analysis, technical skills with computer software, and written expression. The major is flexible, emphasizes student-centered choices, and is easy to complete in four years. Moreover, the economics curriculum integrates experiential learning and high-impact practices, such as community engagement, internships, student research, and study abroad. The program requires 30 credits in economics (15 credits in residency), with 6 additional credits in mathematics and statistics.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics should be able to:

  1. Explain the assumptions and logic of theoretical models in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and political economy.
  2. Apply economic concepts and theories to real world settings, such as current events, historical events, public policy debates, or other economic issues or problems.
  3. Perform quantitative analysis, such as mathematical calculations or econometric estimations, in order to validate economic models.
  4. Analyze the complexity of human behavior – such as individual decision making, aggregate behavior, or behavior related to social groups – using economic tools of analysis.
  5. Develop an independent argument that evaluates an economic issue or debate using economic tools of analysis.

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