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Welcome to the Department of Economics at Ohio University. You are only a click or two away from information about the department's undergraduate and graduate programs, its faculty and their research interests. Please continue on and explore this website. If you would like to speak with a real person, don't hesitate to call me at 740-593-2040.

Economists study everyday life and how consumers, families, business, and government maximize their well-being. As an academic discipline, economics examines all human behavior, including a wide range of topics such as why people choose to spend or save, why they choose to have children, or why they migrate to other countries. Economics is concerned with such diverse topics as why nations take on certain shapes and sizes, why some economies experience growth while others suffer decline, why some firms innovate while others do not, and why some public policies work while others fail.

Economics requires a diverse set of skills and is a challenging major. Economics students need to use mathematics, history, statistics and logic to solve problems. Though economics is not for everyone, it is an excellent preparation for many careers, including business, academics, foreign service, government, private consulting, banking and finance and the law. Our alumni live and work all around the world, enjoying a variety of careers and professions. When they return for visits, alumni tell us that their preparation in economics helps them "out-think" their co-workers and competitors.

At Ohio University, we focus on producing well-trained students who can easily and quickly move into the workforce or on to graduate school. We have a diverse faculty who are dedicated to high-quality academic research. At the same time, however, we are strongly committed to effective teaching at all levels of study, from freshman economics through graduate study.

Very truly yours,

Rosemary Rossiter

Professor and Chair
Department of Economics

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