Literacy--Students who complete the major in economics should understand
and be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, the core economic
principles, concepts, and theories that form the foundation for modern
economic analysis and economic research.
Numeracy--Students who complete the economics major should be familiar
with the tools, techniques, and methods of empirical economics. They should
be able to analyze data using computer applications and should be familiar
with regression methods and other statistical techniques. They should be able to read and
assess general interest articles on economic topics. In addition, they
should be able to understand and evaluate key findings in published
economic research from a wide range of sources including academic
economists, public policy think tanks, and government agencies.
Citizenship--Upon completion of the major, students should be able to
apply their understanding of core concepts and quantitative tools to
analyze and research real-world problems and evaluate alternative economic
policy proposals on microeconomic and macroeconomic issues.
Scholarship--Qualified majors should have an opportunity through such
avenues as advanced coursework, faculty interactions, national and local
competitions, and honors courses and programs to utilize up-to-date
methodological tools and become fully engaged in economic research and
issues on the frontiers of economics.