About the Economics Department
The undergraduate curriculum for the Economics major and Business Economics major are based on an analytical understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics at the introductory and intermediate theory levels, field classes in economics electives, and classes in probability, statistics and econometrics, including a student research paper. The department offers a B.A. degree and a B.S. degree, and Business Economics majors receive a BBA degree.
The M.A. in Economics curriculum is based on two advanced microeconomic theory classes, one advanced macroeconomic theory class and an area of concentration from (a) energy and environmental economics (b) development economics or (c) international economics. The M.A. curriculum also includes one to three classes in econometrics and quantitative analysis and a student research project.
The Master of Financial Economics (MFE) curriculum includes two courses in accounting (managerial accounting and financial statement analysis), four courses in finance (corporate finance, portfolio theory, fixed income analysis, financial derivatives, quantitative analysis in equity markets), and five courses in economics (macroeconomics and business fluctuations, managerial economics, quantitative analysis for financial markets, statistics and econometrics, international trade and financial economics). To complete the program students will conduct a research project or take an internship with a financial company.
Student learning assessment at the program level is intended to promote and maintain program excellence and improve student learning. Each department in the College of Arts & Sciences has developed a set of learning outcomes for their programs and engages in faculty-led assessment activities to help inform curricular and program review and development. Student learning is assessed in different ways across A&S departments, informed by disciplinary standards and the specific learning outcomes of the program.