Interim Department Chairperson: Dr. Diane Anstine
The Economics Department strives for excellence in undergraduate education in the fields of economics and finance by providing a challenging and supporting environment for students to: 1) understand the theoretical underpinnings of the disciplines, and 2) develop the practical skills to be successful entrants into the professional business world. The department further engenders to prepare students for advanced studies in graduate programs through the encouragement of critical thinking, development of life-long learning habits and the promotion of leadership and social responsibility.
Economists are active advisors to government at all levels, corporations and the financial services sector. Economics is the study of how individuals, firms and societies make decisions about the allocation of scarce resources. Many students select an economics major because it develops skills that are widely valued in finance, business, government and law. An economics major is also excellent preparation for students who seek advanced degrees in economics, finance, business and law.
The Economics Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.). The B.A. degree is most appropriate for students who are planning on general business careers or entry-level government positions. The B.S. degree is advisable for students who seek careers which demand a technical or quantitative focus, or who intend to pursue graduate study.
Degrees offered: B.A. and B.S.