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The Department considers the study of Economics a significant contribution to the attainment of the cognitive, intellectual and ethical development of students within the context of a liberal arts education.

The Department strives to demonstrate that economic activity is a fundamental element of the human experience and challenges students to value their contribution to society as individuals, members of a business, and citizens of a community, the nation and the world.

The Department is committed to preparing students for careers in the private and public sectors that will not only benefit them but also contribute to a more just and prosperous world.

Through its course offerings and extra-curricular support, the Department will:

  • Provide students with the ability to understand and interpret economic activity within the context of a variety of institutional paradigms and historical milieu.
  • Teach students to gather, organize, and interpret empirical evidence and use the methodology of positive Economics to analyze data and solve problems.
  • Challenge students to think carefully about the ethical and moral implications of economic choices made by individuals, businesses, and governments.
  • Challenge students to think critically about a variety of economic policy issues, form judicious opinions, and express and defend their opinions in well-articulated written and oral forms.
  • Guide students to develop those skills necessary for successful careers in business and Economics by becoming informed and well-educated individuals who are active listeners, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and life-long learners.

(Reaffirmed, January 2013)