Economics Department Assessment

Assessment methods used by the Department of Economics:

1. The Department reviewed several outside tests, including the National Council for Economic Education’s Test of Economic Literacy and the Test of Understanding College Economics, and developed a short list of test questions for all principles of microeconomics and principles of macroeconomics courses that covers the core concepts. We presently administer a pre and post test in our principles classes, and continue developing our assessment program.

2. All economics majors are required to write a research paper during their senior year, and present at the annual School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium. This provides an opportunity to assess whether students are able to conduct research, apply economic theory, and communicate their ideas clearly and effectively.

The department has developed the student objectives listed below and has evaluated whether those outcomes are addressed in each econmics course.

Outcomes expected of economics majors:

  1. Economics majors will be able to understand economic terminology and the major theoretical concepts in economics.
  2. Economics majors will be able to apply economic theory and reasoning to describe and evaluate public policy and real world issues and events.
  3. Economics majors will be able to analyze economic questions mathematically and using graphs.
  4. Economics majors will be able to apply economic research methods to collect and analyze empirical data using appropriate technology.
  5. Economics majors will be able to communicate economic ideas effectively through written and oral presentation.
  6. Economics majors will be able to demonstrate improved critical thinking skills on exams and through written and oral presentations.


Curriculum Map (x = outcome is taught in that course)

 Course  1  2  3  4  5  6
 200 Principles and Problems  x  x  x    x
 201 Principles of Macroeconomics  x  x  x      x
 201 Principles of Microeconomics  x  x  x      x
 208N Personal Financial Decisions  x  x  x      x
 209N Census 2000: Analyzing and Interpreting Data        x    x
 215 Political Economy  x  x        x
 300 Labor and Income Distribution  x  x  x  x  x  x
301 Intermediate Macroeconomics   x  x  x  x    x
302 Intermediate Macroeconomics  x  x  x      x
 303 Statistics for the Social Scientist I        x  x  x
 304 Statistics for the Social Scientist II        x  x  x
 305A Money, Banking, and Financial Markets  x  x  x    x  x
 306 Comparative Economic Systems  x  x  x  x    x
 307 Economic History  x  x    x  x  x
 309 Urban Economics  x  x  x    x  x
 310 History of Economic Thought  x  x  x    x  x
 312 International Trade  x  x  x  x  x  x
 313 Development  x  x  x    x  x
 314 Economic Concentration  x  x  x    x  x
 316 State and Local Government  x  x  x  x  x  x
 317 Government Finance  x  x  x  x  x  x
 318 Health Economics  x  x  x  x  x  x
 319 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  x  x  x  x  x  x
 320 Economics of Sports  x  x  x  x  x  x
 400 Econometrics  x  x  x  x  x  x
 401 Economics Research  x  x  x  x  x  x