Department of Economics

Economics is the study of how individuals and societies provide for material needs and wants. Economic thinking comes into play in a wide range of settings, from business decision-making to the argument of legal cases in the courts.

Students majoring in economics explore a broad array of issues that bear directly on human welfare, including economic growth and development, unemployment, the relationship between the environment and the economy, international trade, technological change, the role of race and gender in the economy, and poverty and the distribution of income.

Program offerings develop expertise with tools used in analyzing economic issues, including quantitative empirical analysis and modeling; historical and institutional analysis; and conceptual analysis.