Economics Program Requirements
Economics is a social science because it seeks to measure, explain and predict ways in which people behave. Its approach to problem solving is typically deductive and it is frequently quantitative, but the underlying agenda is the improvement of the human condition through the selection of appropriate public policy. From the introductory courses, which acquaint students with the fundamentals of the economic way of thinking through the intermediate theory, topics and methods courses, to the capstone senior seminar, we stress this importance of analysis in the service of society.
Minimum credits required: 39 (* = Prerequisite Required)
Students who elect to major in economics will find a broad spectrum of courses enabling them to obtain jobs in the business and financial community, to enter graduate school or to pursue a professional education, such as law. Courses in economic theory are balanced with others in which economics is applied to specific domestic and international issues. Economics majors are exposed to computer techniques and applications in statistics and economic research. Independent study and seminar classes are made available to juniors and seniors.
Minimum credits required: 50
The department also offers a major in Mathematical Economics. This major provides students with a level of mathematical background considered essential for pursuing graduate work in economics. The major also provides students of mathematics with a firm understanding of the application of mathematical principles to economics.
A minor in economics consists of 22 to 26 credit hours. Students must take ECN 101, 102, 301, and two other economics courses at the 300 or 400 level. The minor is completed by taking either ECN 279 or BUS 211.
Economics Internship Option
The faculty of the department strongly encourages participation in the Internship program. Through the program, students accumulate academic credit and gain valuable job experience. Students are often compensated for their work and can present a record of academic and practical experience to potential employers. Students are advised to consult their faculty advisor and the office of Career Services for more information.
Secondary Education Licensure
Students wishing to be certified by the State of Ohio for the teaching of economics in the secondary schools may obtain information concerning certification requirements from either the Department of Economics or the Division of Education.
The Buckhorn Chair in Economics
The Buckhorn Chair in Economics was established in January 1983 through a gift from Buckhorn, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, (a subsidiary of Myers Industries). The chair enables a faculty member to conduct research in economic thought, economic, political, and social issues, economic growth, and applied economics. The scope of the Buckhorn Chair includes teaching, research, and establishment of linkages between the academic and business communities.