The Economics Department offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as dual degrees. The economics major provides flexibility and opportunity and can take students in many directions, both inside and outside of the field of economics. In fact, most economics majors do not work as economists, but in business careers of all varieties. The analytical and quantitative skills that one acquires as an economics major are much in demand in the job market and are also highly attractive to law schools and MBA programs.
The bachelor's program in economics provides training in basic economic theory, the use of statistical techniques to analyze economic phenomena, and more specific fields within economics, such as labor economics, international trade, developing and transitional economies, and money and banking. The dual degree in economics and mathematics provides solid training in the mathematical and statistical sciences, which is fundamental to optimally prepare economics students for graduate school. The Master of Arts in economics is designed to train students in the quantitative and applied economic skills that will best enhance their future employment opportunities in the private and public sectors, or their pursuit of Ph.D. studies in economics or related fields. The other master's programs provide students training in the economics of the health care industry, public administration, and mathematics. The Ph.D. in health economics is designed to train scientists to engage in modern economic research related to questions pertinent to the health care sector and to personal and public health.