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Learning Outcomes

The Department’s goal is to provide you with the intellectual skills that are promoted by the study of economics. The learning outcomes listed below are extraordinarily valuable tools that you will be exposed to as you make your way towards the completion of your BA or BS degree, and will serve you well whatever career path you choose.

Learning Outcomes

Economics Major
  • Apply economic analysis to evaluate everyday problems and specific policy proposals.
  • Understand and state the role of assumptions to help formulate a well-organized and effective written or oral argument.
  • Locate and collect relevant data to use as empirical evidence to support a position on an economic issue.
  • Develop critical and quantitative thinking skills and apply problem-solving skills to complex problems.
  • Develop and maintain an active interest in the use of the tools of economics to understand and explain current local and global events.
B.S. in Economics and Business Administration
  • Understand and state the role of assumptions in arguments to foster effective communication.
  • Collect, manage, and interpret data obtained from reliable sources.
  • Apply statistical analysis to quantitative and qualitative data to make decisions based on evidence and sound reasoning.
  • Understand the business and economic environment in which businesses operate in order to adequately address social issues from different perspectives.
  • Develop critical and quantitative thinking skills to apply to complex problems and issues.
BS. in .Economics and Mathematics
  • Students will be able to set up and solve mathematical and economic models using a broad range of significant mathematical techniques.
  • Students will recognize what constitutes mathematical and economic thinking, including the ability to produce and judge the validity of rigorous mathematical arguments when applied to mathematical and economic problems.
  • Students will be able to communicate economic and mathematical ideas and arguments.
  • Students will be prepared to use mathematics and the tools of economics in their future endeavors.
B.S. in Economics and Philosophy
  • Will produce independently researched, well-argued and well-written papers that state assumptions and hypotheses and that are supported by evidence.
  • Will develop critical and quantitative thinking skills to understand and address complex economic and philosophical problems.
  • Will be able to read and discuss complex philosophical and economic texts from sources across a range of historical periods and schools of thought.
  • Will be able to understand and state the role of assumptions in arguments and models, be fluent in the oral and written formulation of original arguments, anticipate alternative views, and respond to those possible alternative views.
  • Will understand the value assumptions operative in economic theories, as well as the philosophical theories that support them and the arguments for and against them.


B.S. in Environmental Studies and Economics
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Communicate interdisciplinary science to non-scientific audiences3) Critically read and interpret peer-reviewed literature
  • Collect, analyze and interpret data.
  • Describe how social actions have environmental and economic consequences at the local, national, and international level.
  • Communicate environmental and economic policies to diverse audiences
  • Describe ethical issues involving economic/environment actions
  • Explain basic theories of economics and environmental sciences (studies) and their social consequences.
  • Formulate cogent arguments that challenge assumptions and values underlying claims about economics and the environmental science.
  • Apply statistical analysis to evaluate everyday economic-environmental problems and specific policy proposals



B.A. in International Affairs and Economics
  • Explain global affairs and international issues since the early 20th century through diverse and cross-disciplinary theories of: (1) Interstate relations: conflict, cooperation, hierarchies; (2) Civil society, transnational advocacy networks, global social movements; (3) the intersection between politics and economics and; (4) State-society relations: democracy, authoritarianism, inequalities, citizenship.
  • Apply experiential education to the discipline by acquiring language proficiency, cultural competence, regional expertise, and practical knowledge through Dialogues of Civilization, co-ops, internships, and/or study abroad and be able to reflect on the experiential education and make connections to coursework.
  • Develop research skills by writing a research paper that has: (1) posed research questions based on appropriate primary and secondary sources; (2) located, collected, and analyzed relevant data to use as empirical evidence and; (3) offered specific policy proposals.
  • Critically analyze and compare: (1) relevant texts and other media and; (2) evidence, arguments, and competing paradigms/theories.
  • Challenge assumptions and values that underlie claims about international affairs and economics (the interstate system, the global economy, state-society relations, civil society, cultures and human rights, etc.).