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.