Faculty and Fields of Interest
David Berger, Professor Emeritus jobs and discrimination, urban
Sarah Cosgrove, Professor and chairperson industrial organization, regulation, antitrust, microeconomics
Daniel Georgianna, Professor Emeritus marine resource economics, history of economic thought
Randy Hall, Lecturer international trade, international finance
William Hogan, Professor Emeritus demography, economic history
Robert Jones Associate Professor/Interim Associate Dean economics of health and medicine, public finance, microeconomics, econometrics
Devon Lynch, Associate Professor public policy, state and local public finance
Merve Meral, Associate Professor labor, economics of health
Neal Olitsky, Associate Professor labor, economics of education
Parag Waknis, Assistant Professor monetary policy, political economy of government spending
A major in economics provides students with a unique blend of a liberal arts education and the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in business and government. In addition to providing a sound foundation in economic theory and economic statistics, the economics major introduces students to a variety of applied fields which focus on international, national and regional economic problems, issues and policies. Class sizes in major courses are relatively small, and there is ample opportunity for direct contact and interaction with faculty.
Economics is the science of decision-making. Students of economics learn to identify and analyze the costs and benefits of financial and social decisions. Skills in cost-benefit analysis, the core of economists’ training, are widely applicable and highly valued in current job markets.
Graduates of the economics program are prepared for and have been employed in finance, insurance, real estate (for example as real estate appraisers, stock brokers, credit analysts, loan officers and research analysts); economic journalism; high school teaching, public policy and government employment (federal, state, local); and in managerial positions in business.
Opportunities for further education include law school (JD Degree); graduate business school (MBA degree); MS degrees in accounting, business, or finance; master’s degree in public policy; and master’s degree and PhD in economics.
A major in economics in the Healthcare Services Administration track is designed for healthcare professionals or recent graduates holding an associate’s degree who want to advance their careers as managers or supervisors. This major provides students with foundational skills in budgeting, management, quantitative analysis, and policy analysis. Graduates of the program have the practical skills necessary for intelligent decision-making and administration in healthcare and are prepared for careers in community clinics, government offices, hospitals, insurance companies, and regulatory agencies.