Interim Department Chairperson: Dr. Gwendolyn Tedeschi
The Economics department strives for excellence in education by providing a challenging and supportive environment for students to: (1) comprehend, analyze and apply economic theory, (2) develop the practical and social skills to be successful professionals, and (3) become responsible citizens and leaders. 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 three degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in economics, a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in economics, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A) in business economics. The B.A. degree is most appropriate for students who are planning on general business or entry-level government positions or graduate degrees in areas such as law or public administration. 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 in economics. The B.B.A. provides broad preparation and exposure to all areas of business through the required business core in addition to the coursework in economics, preparing students for many potential careers in business.
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. and B.B.A.