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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, Department of

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Department Chair

Dipankar Purkayastha

Department Office/Website

Steven G. Mihaylo Hall 3313


Pedro Amaral, Gabriela Best, Radha Bhattacharya, Rokon Bhuiyan, Jen-Wen Chang, Ermira Farka, Adrian Fleissig, Andrew Gill, Chiara Gratton-Lavoie, Larry Howard, Nicholas Huntington-Klein, Sherif Khalifa, Kristin Kleinjans, Emmanuel Lartey, Mitchell Livy, Robert Mead, Huiran Pan, Aaron Popp, Dipankar Purkayastha, Morteza Rahmatian, Denise Stanley, Feng Xiao, Fang Zhang


As a scholarly discipline, economics is over two centuries old. The nature of economic analysis has been described by John Maynard Keynes as “… a method rather than a doctrine, an apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking which helps its possessors to draw correct conclusions.”

According to the National Association of Business Economists (NABE), “The key skills of the economic analyst compared to other business analysts is the ability to link industry/market developments to the overall economy, i.e., to see the forest as well as the trees. The broad training of economists provides a flexibility that allows them to turn their hand to a broad range of analytical problems - a critical attribute in a company experiencing a redirection of industry interests.”

Students pursuing graduate degrees in many other fields, such as the social sciences, business, public administration, public health, environmental studies, urban studies, law, and journalism find that economics is their best choice for an undergraduate major or minor, given the extensive economic content of these programs. Several studies have shown that lawyers with undergraduate degrees in business economics earn more than other lawyers. 1,2

1 Black, D., S. Seth, and L. Taylor. “The Economic Reward for Studying Economics.” Economic Inquiry, V41, n3, July 2003, 365-77
2 Craft R.K., and J.G. Baker. “Do Economists Make Better Lawyers? Undergraduate Degree Field and Lawyer Earnings.” Journal of Economics Education, Summer 2003, 263-281.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-Degree



      Courses are designated as ECON in the class schedule.

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