The Department of Economics, with fifteen faculty members, offers students a wide range of coursework needed for a wide range of careers. These classes help develop important logical, analytical, and rigorous ways of thinking critically about the world and its issues. These issues include the usual suspects: inflation, unemployment, international trade, poverty, income inequality, financial crises, the environment, budget deficits and health-care costs, among others. But they also include others like patterns of voting in the U.S. Congress, the decision to join an urban gang, the legalization of marijuana, trends in violent crime rates, and the incidence of cheating in sumo wrestling, amongst other surprising topics.
Each of our degrees is designed to develop the general, flexible, and important skills valued by both the business community as well as graduate programs from law to business to economics. While students who major in economics without another major or minor do very well after graduation, many students majoring in economics pursue complementary coursework in other fields. These typically include mathematics, foreign languages, business, environmental studies, computer science, finance, and international studies; other combinations can be extremely valuable as well.