Department Co-chairs: Yongjin Park and Candace Howes
Economics, a social science, is concerned with the decisions we make to meet our material needs. Economics analyzes the production, distribution and use of goods and services in any particular society, both at the local and at the global level.
As an economics major, you'll learn to think analytically, pose and solve economic problems, use economic models to construct hypotheses and test your hypothesis.
Our faculty will introduce you to microeconomics ("micro" is based on axiomatic assumptions and typically deals with the behavior of individual consumers and firms) and macroeconomics ("macro" is more holistic and institutional, and analyzes the aggregate behavior of the domestic or international economy, the role of government, business cycles, poverty, etc.) Applied economics fields include econometrics, finance, labor, environmental economics, industrial organization, public finance and development.
You'll learn how different societies organize the allocation of scarce resources among competing needs and what the consequences are for equity, efficiency and economic growth.