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Mission Statement

The Economics Department is committed to providing students with a rigorous and relevant economic education necessary for informed citizenship. The Department is committed to teaching and research, believing that research informs what is taught and how it is taught. For its majors, the Department seeks to develop a deep understanding of how markets and economies work and do not work. Furthermore, the Department seeks to assure that majors and minors are capable of applying the tools of economic reasoning to consider questions of policy, efficiency, and equity.

Department Goals

  • Students will be able to read and critically evaluate both domestic and global economic issues.
  • Students will have basic skills in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistical/econometric analysis.
  • Students will be able to complete an independent research project in which they present data and evidence to build an argument that is clearly and persuasively written.
  • ECI only: Students will demonstrate an intermediate level of skill in a foreign language.