Learning Outcomes

Program Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal #1 Acquire a comprehensive understanding of the basic economic tools and principles used by practitioners in the economics profession

  • Describe the historical and cultural contexts in which specific theories were developed.
  • Compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations.

Goal #2 Obtain the expertise to effectively apply quantitative tools to empirically analyze microeconomic and macroeconomic issues

  • Be able to demonstrate how to use empirical evidence to evaluate an economic argument.
  • Conduct appropriate statistical analysis of data, and explain the statistical problems involved.
  • Obtain and/or collect relevant data using specific qualitative and/or quantitative research.

Goal #3 Communicate effectively in written, spoken and graphical form within and across disciplines

  • Formulate a well-organized written argument that states assumptions and hypotheses, which are supported by evidence.
  • Complete independent research paper with scholarly sources and uses at least one fundamental economic concept.
  • Present an economic argument orally.

Goal #4 Be able to address contemporary problems and issues by using an accepted paradigm or framework of analysis used by the economics profession

  • Apply economic analysis to evaluate everyday problems.
  • Apply economic analysis to evaluate specific policy proposals

Goal #5 Be receptive to and comprehend alternative approaches to answering economic questions when formulating their own opinions

  • Compare two or more arguments that have different conclusions to a specific problem.
  • Understand the role of assumptions in arguments.


For More Information

Gary Maggs
Department Chair
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