Economics is the study of the way people produce, consume and deliver goods and services. The Keene State economics program takes a heterodox approach, combining rigorous training in economic theory with application to contemporary issues like globalization, financial market volatility, and the environment, all while maintaining the mission of producing graduates who understand real-world economics.
We are committed to maintaining the primacy of economic theory in our program, even as we encourage students to take enough mathematics to succeed as professional economists, in MBA programs, or in master’s programs in economics. Our commitment to theory shows up in our Keynesian approach to Intermediate Macroeconomics, in our critical approach to Intermediate Microeconomics, and in our required course in the History of Economic Thought—a course which in essence validates many of the theoretical questions which have been asked and remain unsettled by economic theorists.
Peer-reviewed articles by our faculty come out every year in journals such as the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Journal of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought, or the History of Political Economy.
We value civic engagement and encourage students to involve themselves in issues by attending speakers during election years, asking questions at public events, organizing speakers on campus, and discussing analytically economic and political issues in the classroom. The faculty commitment to social justice is strong, as evidenced by courses, leadership on campus and beyond, and research.
The economic honors society, Omicron Delta Epsilon, organizes field trips to conferences and brings in visiting speakers and alumni.
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Recent graduates have gone on to careers in business and government, law school, graduate programs in economics and politics, and MBAs.
If I could do it again I would still go to Keene and still be an Econ major. The hard part to convey here is how well rounded an education I received at Keene, though the liberal arts, and how well rounded an economics perspective I was given due to the exposure to heterodox economics.
Rob Clifford ‘05, Senior Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Economics majors at Keene State graduate with content knowledge, professional skills, and intellectual competencies to prepare them for their next challenges, in graduate or professional programs or in their careers.
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