By definition, Economics is the study of the way people produce, consume and deliver goods and services. But in practice, it is so much more.
Traditional models and practices failed to accurately predict the most recent economic crash or fully explain its scope. These days, economic practitioners need to be able to understand not just the numbers and formulas, but the history, philosophy and reality of the field. Which is why we take a heterodox approach to the field, combining rigorous training in economic theory with application to contemporary issues like globalization, financial market volatility, and the environment. All the while maintaining the mission of producing graduates who understand real world economics. The quote by British Economist, Joan Robinson, sums up our approach to economics quite well: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.”
The Economics program is a tight-knit community, and majors and minors can expect to work closely with faculty and with each other. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in business and government, law school, graduate programs in economics, and politics and M.B.A. programs.