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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Learning Outcomes

department of economics

  • Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of micro and macro economic theory at the undergraduate level. Students should be able to apply their knowledge of economic theory and the tools of calculus to analyze economic problems and interpret public policy alternatives.
  • Students are expected to understand the core methodological tools for working with economic data. These tools are presented in two courses required for all majors (statistics and econometrics). Students should be able to interpret and apply basic statistical and econometric methods and understand empirical papers of an appropriate level.
  • Students are expected to use their knowledge of economic and econometric theory as foundations for exploring economic applications via a set of electives.
  • When writing papers, students are expected to utilize economic data and research methods responsibly and to cite original work and source material appropriately.
  • Students are expected to understand the differences between positive and normative economics. In particular, they should be able to distinguish cases where efficiency and equity objectives are compatible from those where trade-offs are necessary.
  • The department's Ph.D. students are expected to master advanced economic theory, research methods, and two economic subfields, and produce original contributions to the discipline so as to enjoy professionally rewarding careers in Economics. These include (i) tenure-track positions at high-quality Ph.D.-granting universities and/or the top primarily undergraduate colleges around the world, (ii) research positions in top non-academic research departments spanning domestic (e.g., U.S. Federal Reserve Banks), foreign (e.g., the European Central Bank), and international organizations (e.g., the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank), and (iii) employment in the private sector (e.g., leading consulting firms).
  • Graduate students are expected to adhere to the principles of scientific integrity by responsibly using economic data and research methods and giving appropriate attribution to original work and source material.
  • Graduate students selected to serve as teaching assistants or teaching fellows in the department's undergraduate program are expected to develop and apply best practice teaching methods.