The department of economics is dedicated to providing an interesting, student centered educational experience in economics by encouraging students to use economic reasoning, curiosity and critical thinking to investigate and discuss current economic problems and issues of the day.
A bachelor of arts in economics provides students with the qualitative skills they need to critically analyze questions faced by policy makers and firms. Students must complete a combination of economics and math courses as well as complete a research project to achieve the BA.
Like the bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science in economics provides students with the qualitative skills they need to critically analyze questions faced by policy makers and firms. However, unlike the BA it places a greater emphasis on developing students’ quantitative skills. Students are required to take a combination of economics, econometrics and math courses as well as complete a research project to achieve the BS.
The bachelor of science program is primarily an upper level program designed to attract students from the Massachusetts Community College System. It is also designed to meet the professional, educational needs and objectives of fire protection personnel. It meets or exceeds the standard, as established by the National Fire Protection Association, for Fire Officer I, II, III, IV, in NFPA 1031-1983.
The focus of the lower level courses will be the acquisition of basic fire technology skills, while the upper level courses will primarily focus on the research and administration of fire protection as a component of the public delivery system.
A minor in economics complements all liberal arts majors. Mathematics majors and other science majors will find an economics minor an excellent tool to use in conjunction with their scientific skills. Economics is the most quantitative of the social sciences. Majors in the applied disciplines such as business, criminal justice, nursing, social work and education will find that the economics minor is a valuable addition to their studies.