Learn how people choose to allocate resources, respond to incentives and make decisions.

Program overview

The study of economics explores the relationship between economic systems, individual liberty, government institutions, political rules, and social values such as democracy, equality and freedom.

Our program prepares students for active, effective roles of citizenship, service and leadership.

Economics fosters the discovery of connections among disciplines and of larger patterns of meaning. Our courses serve as a powerful foundation for a lifetime of personal and professional growth in a wide variety of fields, including business, finance, law and government.

We give students the tools to analyze real world issues

Our program is focused on analyzing resource and product allocation issues based on an assumption of rational behavior — the assumption that most people will select alternatives that benefit them. We want our students to develop strong critical-thinking skills, and we specifically focus on the use of economic analysis in business and public policy decision-making.

Particular emphasis is placed on analyzing how social institutions shape behavior, how those same institutions were shaped by the behavior of individuals in the past, and how they continue to evolve in response to the choices of individuals. 

Economics News

  • Full Steam Ahead

    On National Science Foundation summer research project, mathematics and economics major Savannah Ball studied adaptive cruise control at lower speeds.
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  • Gift Will Build Trubeck Amphitheater

    Trubeck Amphitheater to give campus a new space for outdoor classes, fine arts performances and campus events.
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  • TOPS IN THEIR CLASSES: Meet the Senior and Freshmen women and men of the year.

    Students of the Year

    Zelinda Taylor named Senior Woman of the Year; Mike Bersell named Senior Man of the Year; Madison Meldrum named Freshman Woman of the Year; and Max Cook named Freshman Man of the Year.
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  • By the numbers

    Forget the should.Free the possible.

  • Kieft Scholars