Economics: Economic Policy

How do governments and nonprofit organizations seek to influence or control the behavior of the economy in the U.S. and around the world?

What is the relationship between rich and poor countries? How do we measure the cost, benefits and ease of implementation for policies around environmental conservation and climate change? Students studying economics with a concentration in economic policy will gain the analytical skills necessary to participate in and shape public policy debates around such topics as poverty, crime and economic development in urban cities; the access, equity and efficiency of heath care; and policy issues surrounding trade agreements, arms trade and multinational corporations in the  in the international economy. They will also obtain an understanding of the rational for government activity economic issues and methods for comparing the effectiveness of these proposed policies using economic tools. Students will graduate prepared for careers as analysts and decision-makers in government, nonprofit institutions, global organizations and in the private sector.

View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for a B.A. in Economics with a Concentration in Economic Policy:


In addition to courses required for the economics major, students take 12 credits (three courses, two of which must be at the 3000-level or higher) from courses listed below.

  • ECON2113     Politics of International Economic Relations
  • ECON2205     Urban Economics
  • ECON3113     Economics of Health Care
  • ECON3115     Economics of the Environment
  • ECON3103    The International Economy

 At the completion of the Economic Policy Concentration, students will:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking using economic analysis, quantitative reasoning, and problem-solving skills.
  2. Communicate effectively: in written, oral and graphical formats, using concepts and analytical tools economics.
  3. Have lifelong learning skills, including how to locate and use primary data, how to understand and evaluate current events and new ideas.

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