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The Department of Economics is dedicated to excellent teaching and active research in a broad range of fields, including development economics, international finance and trade, labor economics, health economics, sports economics, macroeconomics, microeconomic theory, natural resource economics and public economics.
The department's academic programs provide a rigorous, disciplined and analytical way of thinking that is applicable to a wide variety of occupations in government, business and consulting industries, as well as graduate programs in economics, law, public policy and business journalism. With a bachelor’s in economics, you can find positions in government, such as research associate, program analyst and budget analyst. Government economists analyze economic conditions and estimate the economic impact of public policy. Positions in business and consulting have titles such as financial analyst, long range planner, pricing analyst or credit analyst.
All classes are taught by faculty in small classes, ranging in size from 15 to 35. Our faculty members are accomplished researchers and engaged teachers. Many of our faculty members are known and celebrated for their commitment to excellence in teaching, including professors Melissa Groves and Matthew Chambers, recent winners of the college's Outstanding Teaching Award. We also offer an honors program in economics in which you can work one on one with a faculty member to research and complete an honors thesis in your area of interest.
Consider getting involved in The Economics Society. This student organization brings in guest speakers on current economic topics. Networking with professionals in the field will help you decide which direction you would like to take after you complete your degree.
Tom Rhoad’s book on minor league teams, proximity and player development was highlighted by Minor League Baseball.
Associate professor Seth Gitter spoke with NPR’s “The Salt” on the economic impact of quinoa’s rise in popularity.
Scott Knowles developed an alternative to Craigslist for college students.