Economics

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Program for Undergraduate Students

Economics offers unique opportunities for your education. The study of economics at Clark can offer challenges. But it also offers rewards. The program of study for the major or minor helps the student develop analytical skills. It hones critical quantitative skills. Students who have studied economics can think more clearly and with growing expertise about many issues confronting us in the new century, including:

  • Global warming
  • The spread of a global economy
  • Urban sprawl
  • The challenge of economic development
  • The rising cost of health care

Careers

Because it emphasizes the marriage of analytical skills and understanding the world, the study of economics at Clark also provides students with key building blocks for future career plans.

  • Law schools welcome the background economics provides in logical thinking.
  • Government agencies and graduate programs in public policy or economics appreciate the systematic approach to understanding the economy offered by economics.
  • Business schools and businesses find the facility the economics major acquires in analytical thinking and quantitative methods of analysis attractive.
  • Careers include employment in finance, business, government, economics consulting, or the non-profit sector.

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Learning Outcomes for Economics Majors

  • Gain access to existing knowledge.  Majors will be able to locate information in the academic and general literature on topics in economics.  Majors will also be able to identify and collect data appropriate to a topic for economic analysis.
  • Acquire analytical skills.  Majors will be able to identify economic analysis in both academic and general literature. This competency includes the ability to summarize an argument in the academic literature and interpret statistical results at the level of basic regression analysis.
  • Utilize existing knowledge to explore new issues.  The student will be able to build on existing knowledge to analyze an economic issue or conduct a positive or normative analysis of a policy proposal.
  • Present ideas in written and oral or other form.  The student will be able to present economic arguments and analysis in a paper (of a minimum of eight pages).  The student will be able to present economic arguments and analysis to an audience.
  • Develop a skill set appropriate for later employment.  The Economics major is not focused on providing career skills but students will develop a variety of skills and techniques that can enhance employment opportunities.  These include written expression, spread sheet analysis, statistical analysis, and presentation tools such as PowerPoint.

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Declaring an Economics Major

The Major/Minor Sign Up Form (PDF) must be signed by the Undergraduate Program Director, Prof. Sang Hoo Bae.  Please email Cindy Rice in the department office to make an appointment. If you are chosing economics as your major you will chose a new advisor. All of the faculty in the department are willing to be advisors and you should feel free to ask anyone you want. However, if you prefer, the department will assign you an advisor.

Here is a typical timetable for completing the major. Please note that individual students may tailor their schedule a bit differently. It is advisable to complete Economics 10 and 11 by the sophomore year and Economics 204 or 205, 206, and 160 by the end of the junior year. Related courses are taken throughout the student's time at Clark.

Year Core Courses Elective Courses
First Econ 10, Econ 11 100-level course
Sophomore Econ 11, Econ 160, Econ 204 or 205 and/or Econ 206 100-level and 200-level
Junior Econ 160, Econ 204 or 205 or Econ 206 100-level and 200-level
Senior     No more than 3 200-level, including capstone
Overall 5 courses 5 courses

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students who study economics can integrate their major or minor into Clark's interdisciplinary programs, including the International Studies Stream, Urban Development and Social Change, and Law and Society. Many students also choose to link their major to related fields, such as International Development or Government.

If you would like more information on these programs, please consult the links. Feel free to discuss your interest with any faculty member in economics, or contact the chair of the Department, Professor Geoghegan. You may make an appointment by calling the department office at (508)793-7226 or by e-mail at jgeoghegan@clarku.edu .

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