110 Eggers Hall
Merima Ali, Elizabeth Ashby, Badi Baltagi, Kristina Buzard, Donald H. Dutkowsky, Gary V. Engelhardt, Jerry Evensky, Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, William Horrace, Peter Howe, Hugo Jales, Leyla Karakas, Jerry S. Kelly, Jeffrey D. Kubik, Derek Laing, Yoonseok Lee, Chung-Chin (Eugene) Liu, Mengxiao (Michelle) Liu, Mary E. Lovely, Robin P. Malloy, Devashish Mitra, Piyusha Mutreja, Inge O’Connor, Jan Ivar Ondrich, John L. Palmer, J. David Richardson, Stuart S. Rosenthal, Abdulaziz Shifa, Perry Singleton, Aron Tobias, A. Dale Tussing, Michael Wasylenko, Peter J. Wilcoxen, John M. Yinger
Economists analyze the internal functioning of markets and market outcomes. While modern economics focuses on market forces, markets function imperfectly in some cases and that introduces scope for policy action. Our curriculum emphasizes the application of economics to the study of public policy issues and the role of government in a market economy. Examples include analysis of international trade and relations, economic behavior in the workplace, health care, taxation, and numerous other spheres of a global economy. Students who major in economics prepare themselves for a variety of careers. Some move on to graduate study in economics and become professional economists; the majority, however, pursue careers in law, public policy, government, and many aspects of business, including banking and financial analysis, management, and marketing. Consequently, some students choose to pursue double majors and dual degrees. Further information on these programs is available in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalog or in the economics department office.
The department offers both the B.A. degree in economics as well as a B.S. degree in economics. The B.A. has a liberal arts focus and emphasizes the applied and policy aspects of economics. The B.S. is attractive to the more mathematically oriented student.
The B.S. degree has an orientation toward the statistical and mathematical skills necessary to work as a professional economist or pursue graduate work in economics, public policy, or business. Students who want these career tracks or who want to acquire more analytical skills that can be used in a variety of careers should pursue the B.S. degree.