The mission of the Department of Economics is to promote and foster economic education by building both on the knowledge of content and the development of critical thinking skills. Economics is a social science that shares an affinity with other social sciences and with mathematics. To this end, the department encourages its students to take classes in those fields.
Students who complete a major or minor in Economics will be well prepared to continue their studies of economics or of other social sciences in graduate school, or to begin the study of law. They will also be in a strong position to begin developing careers in a variety of private, public, or non-profit organizations. Perhaps most importantly, they will find that their understanding of economics provides them with an adaptable frame of reference that can be used to think critically throughout their lives about a wide variety of personal, social, and public policy issues.