Economics Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with an Economics major will:

Leadership and Public Policy

  • Formulate and argue policies that impact the economic environment, reflect on the impact of those policies upon oneself and one’s community in order to potentially effect beneficial public policy
  • Identify the changing role of public policy leadership 
  • Analyze the relevant economic policy environment in order to formulate and argue policies that impact that environment
  • Evaluate policies in light of their potential impact
  • Demonstrate skills in leading people in decision making
  • Identify and follow the limitations and possibilities of public policy decision making with respect to laws, ethics, and/or  standards

Ethics and social justice

  • Distinguish and apply both positive and normative economic tools to define and debate economic issues and policy.
  • Recognize and analyze issues relating to ethics and social justice to propose and defend courses of action to create a more just world.
  • Distinguish and apply both positive and normative economic tools to policies and issues
  • Identify key issues in a case/issue
  • Identify alternative courses of action with respect to a case/issue
  • Analyze the implications of courses of action from the view of multiple perspectives  
  • Recommend a course of action with clearly stated reasoning

Economic skills and knowledge

  • Define, describe, demonstrate, and apply intermediate level economic theory.
  • Apply scientific method to develop new knowledge
  • Define, describe, and demonstrate intermediate level economic theory and concepts
  • Apply intermediate level economic theory and concepts
  • Apply scientific method to develop new knowledge


  • Integrate relevant cultural, social, political, historical, geographic, and environmental factors into the analysis and debate of economic issues and courses of action.
  • Analyze global issues/topics with clear and compelling reasoning  
  • Analyze causes and contributing factors relevant to global issues/topics 
  • Analyze  relevant aspects of society with respect to global issues/topics  
  • Analyze possible policy solutions relevant to global issues/topics
  • Analyze appropriate comparative elements between economic systems

Critical thinking and information analysis/application

  • Identify, access, and analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative information to evaluate economic issues/problems, to develop forecasts, and to select and evaluate appropriate courses of action
  • Demonstrate a clear, accurate, and comprehensive understanding of an issue/problems
  • Determine and gather the appropriate, relevant, and high quality data (quantitative and/or qualitative), tools, and applications necessary for analyses. 
  • Create factually relevant and accurate analyses and evaluations of the issue/problem in order to make a forecast and/or select an appropriate course of action. 


  • Produce and deliver effective written and oral communications in a variety of contexts using appropriate technologies
  • Produce communications of appropriate substance.
  • Organize complete and well-reasoned communications
  • Deliver appropriate quality communications in different contexts