Economics is concerned with the optimal distribution of resources in society. The subject involves understanding what happens in markets and the macro-economy.
Examining statistics about the state of economy and explaining their significance understanding different policy options and evaluating their likely outcomes.
Economics is the study of how societies, governments, businesses, households, and individuals allocate their scarce resources. Our discipline has two important features. First, we develop conceptual models of behavior to predict responses to changes in policy and market conditions. Second, we use rigorous statistical analysis to investigate these changes.
Economists are well known for advising the president and others political party on economic issues, formulating policies at the Federal Reserve Bank, and analyzing economic conditions for investment banks, brokerage houses, real estate companies, and other private sector businesses. They also contribute to the development of many other public policies including health care, welfare, and school reform and efforts to reduce inequality, pollution and crime.
The study of economics can also provide valuable knowledge for making decisions in everyday life. It offers a tool with which to approach questions about the desirability of a particular financial investment opportunity, whether or not to attend college or graduate school, the benefits and costs of alternative careers, and the likely impacts of public policies including universal health care and a higher minimum wage.
The complementary study of econometric, the primary quantitative method used in the discipline, enables students to become critical consumers of statistically based arguments about numerous public and private issues rather than passive recipients unable to sift through the statistics. Such knowledge enables us to ask whether the evidence on the desirability of a particular policy, medical procedure, claims about the likely future path of the economy, or many other issues is really compelling or whether it simply sounds good but falls apart upon closer inspection.
Students who major in economics graduate with skills that are highly valued in the job market. These include:
Strong background in microeconomics and macroeconomic theory.
Knowledge about Economic institutions.
Knowledge in various applied areas of Economics.
Ability to use the analytical tools of economics in problem solving.
Knowledge of relevant mathematical and statistical techniques ,expertise in the use of computers for the analysis of data
The economics major prepares students for careers in banking, insurance, service and manufacturing firms, real estate, consulting, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
A major in economics also provides an excellent foundation for students who intend to continue their studies beyond the bachelor's degree. In particular, it is a very good preparation for law school, MBA programs, programs in public policy and administration, master's and PhD programs in economics, and graduate school in other business and social science disciplines.