Upcoming Graduates 2015 and 2014: Ran Wang is a first-year master student of operations research at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Columbia University in the City of New York. She is studying analytical tools, such as mathematical programming,...Read More
The Financial Crises and the Free Market Cure by John A. Allison. Mr. Allison writes from firsthand experience as the former CEO of BB&T, a successful financial enterprise in the Southeastern United States. As I recall, he was CEO for at least 20 years. He is now the CEO of...Read More
Tutoring for Eco-101 students The Economics Support Center provides tutoring for ECO 101 students. Individual students or groups of students in ECO 101, ECO 241, ECO 242 and ECO 243 who request help in these courses should ask their instructors for information about how to...Read More
In today’s world you live in, economic issues are everywhere: unemployment, recession, taxes, budget deficits, and government regulations. By studying economic concepts and analytical tools, you will be able to better understand and think critically about these economic issues and the world around you. In your life you have to make many economic decisions: whether to go to graduate school or to work right after college; whether to work for a company or to start your own business; and whether to rent or to buy a house. By learning how to think analytically like economists, you will be able to make better economic decisions in your life.
The economics curriculum at Union is designed to provide students with the intellectual tools they need to understand and critically evaluate the many economic issues they confront on a daily basis. There are three different ways to major in economics at Union: Economics – the standard major; Managerial Economics – for those planning careers in management; and Interdisciplinary – economics combined with any other Union major. Each major requires introductory economics, intermediate microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, and elective courses. A very important part of the department’s curriculum is its emphasis on student research. Research papers are required in a number of the department’s courses, and all majors complete a two-term thesis.
All economics classes at Union help students develop their critical thinking, analytical, quantitative and writing skills to find answers to their questions about the society and its economy. Employers are often looking for flexible and analytical thinkers with a broad knowledge base derived from exposure to multiple disciples, not ones who have only learned specific skills in business. Majoring in economics with a solid background in the liberal arts is a first step to a number of exciting careers and programs of advanced study, such as business, finance, law, journalism, public policy, education, environmental science, medical administration, and international relations.