The B.A. program in economics is intended to equip students with the basic tools to understand the operation of a modern economy.
We want to acquaint our students with economic models of individuals as consumers and producers, of price determination through their interaction in markets, models of income and employment determination, as well as develop our students’ basic skills to test these models’ predictions against knowledge of the real world. Such real world information may be constructed from available cross-section or time-series information, from experiments, and from their own observations.
Such a scientific approach to economics must rely on mathematics and statistics in the design of our major. These courses are offered at different levels, as we understand that our majors have a range of academic, private and public sector paths in mind.
The course offerings for students of economics may be grouped into four categories:
- Foundations – Econ 19800-19900, the final quarter of Calculus, Math 19500
- Core Classes – Econ 20000-20300
- Empirical Methods – Statistics 23400, Math 19600 and Econ 21000, or Statistics 24400, linear algebra and Econ 20900
- Applications of Economics – These show how economics has been applied in subfields, such as industrial organization, labor economics, international trade, and economic development.
Students who are finishing work in all four categories during their third year may want to consider an independent research project (including participating in a workshop their senior year as they write an honors B.A. thesis).
Economics Majors should consider self-subscribing to any one of the following Department of Economics administered listservs: