Department Learning Goals

Goals for the Economics Major

  1. Multiple Inquiry Goals
    • MI1. Demonstrate proficiency in the comprehension, analysis, and interpretation of economic texts;
    • MI2. Produce work that effectively employs the distinctive modes of inquiry, analysis, and expression characteristic of economics;
    • MI3. Produce work that effectively applies quantitative, inductive, or deductive reasoning in a substantial analysis, argument, or synthesis.
  2. Integrative Thinking Goals
    • IT1. Apply economic analysis to evaluate economic problems and to proposed policies to solve them.
    • IT2. Apply economic analysis to problems that cross disciplinary boundaries with political science, sociology, epidemiology, etc.
    • IT3. Apply non-economic analysis to economic problems.
    • IT4. Produce capstone seminar paper and presentation integrating content, methods, and perspectives from across the major.
  3. Effective Communication Goals
    • EC1. Write effectively and intelligently to a range of purposes in the English language (e.g., informing, persuading, advancing an argument, expressing, creating, etc.);
    • EC2. Read with understanding a wide range of texts in economics;
    • EC3. Secure with proper citation, evaluate critically, and use effectively relevant information for problem-solving and presentation of ideas, issues, and arguments;
    • EC4. Speak effectively to a purpose before an audience;
    • EC5. Demonstrate effective listening skills;
    • EC6. Demonstrate skill in using electronic media generally appropriate to contemporary academic and professional workplaces;
    • EC7. Produce scholarly works that effectively employ the communication conventions and means of economics.
  4. Informed Citizenship Goals
    • IC1. Demonstrate an understanding of a Non-Western culture, including salient differences from the West;
    • IC2. Demonstrate an understanding of some element of diversity within the culture of the United States, OR, demonstrate an understanding of a significant concept related to diversity (such as race, gender, cultural identity, etc.);
    • IC3. Produce work that effectively recognizes the relevance of cultures other than that of mainstream U.S. culture.