People often think that economists study the stock market, tax tables and money, but they are wrong: Economics has a much broader scope. It examines how the world uses its limited resources to satisfy human needs and desires. Economics studies the choices people make. Since every choice involves giving up alternatives, economists focus on tradeoffs. The program strives to be “critical” in the best sense of the word, providing insights and alternative ways of thinking about problems. Economic knowledge can be applied internationally or close to home. In either case, it will increase your ability to understand the ramifications of current events worldwide.
To earn a major in economics students must earn 36 credits in economics courses. The major program allows students a great deal of flexibility in choosing courses. To earn a minor in economics the student must complete 18 credits in economics courses to include the four core courses and an additional six credits of upper-division economics courses. Education students can work toward an endorsement in the major teaching field of economics or in the minor teaching field of economics. The Department also offers a two-year graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree in Economics. The first year consists of course work and the second year primarily of writing a thesis.