Why take an economics course?

Your study of economics will benefit you professionally and personally as well as help you as a voting citizen. Just look around you at the contemporary economic scene, at the US economy, changes in monetary policy, economic turmoil in Southeast Asia, the impact of dynamic new technologies, human rights issues in increasing evidence around the world, growing income inequality, the overhaul of U.S. farm and welfare policies, exchange rate instability, volatility in stock markets, capitalism in Russia, sovereign loan restructuring and bailouts, bank and brokerage bailouts, and at the potential for international financial crisis.

The Department of Economics offers regular classroom sections of its courses in both the day and evening. In addition, the Department offers distance education sections* of its courses online.

*Distance education sections make use of CD-ROM technology in place of traditional classroom meetings, and internet communication in place of classroom discussion; students complete web-based questions as part of their assigned work.

Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to: 

  • Ability to measure and interpret the causes and consequences of business cycle fluctuations and formulate appropriate government policies to stabilize the economy.
  • Ability to compare and contrast the characteristics and outcomes of perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets and formulate appropriate government policies address imperfect competition and market failures.
  • Ability to interpret current economic events and policy in terms of business cycle fluctuations and imperfect competition, and from alternative economic perspectives.

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