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EconOmics, Political Science, and Sociology

Economics – Learning outcomes

Economics uses a set of powerful and flexible tools to understand trades: trades between producers and consumers, trades between workers and employers, trades between investors and firms, trades among banks, trades between one generation and the next, trades between countries, and the taxation and regulation of trades. Economics also considers issues associated with equity and property rights.

Economics majors will acquire an understanding of the small set of basic tools of economics and an understanding of their usefulness, their limitations, and the details of their application to important issues.

The core courses in both the major and the minor are two introductory courses (EC 201 and 202) and two intermediate courses (EC 308 and 309). Introductory courses in calculus and statistics are also required for the major. It is recommended that these six courses be completed prior to taking others in the major, and introductory calculus should be completed prior to taking Microeconomics (EC 309). For more information, visit the College Catalog.

Upon completion of the economics major, students will be able to

  • demonstrate understanding of the basic theoretical tools of economics,
  • demonstrate understanding of the usefulness and limitations of the theoretical tools economics uses in evaluating issues in policy or business,
  • articulate how the skills and knowledge acquired through the major will contribute to career goals.