Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, Economics provides fundamental tools of analysis for all social science subjects, adding depth and complexity to the study of political science, geography and urban studies, history, and law. Courses address such issues as economic development, creation of wealth, fundamentals of economic policies, and financial theory and principles. The senior seminar pays special attention to Japan’s place in the Asian and global economies.

Hady Kahy

Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Economy

Advisor and Coordinator of the Economics major

Economics studies how individuals, companies and governments interact at the domestic and international levels to make decisions maximizing satisfaction, profits, output and growth subject to scarcity of resources like time, land, labor, technology and natural resources. Economic models study production, growth, and trade among other and develop methods and policies to solve for economic problems like cost minimization, inflation, unemployment, recessions, tax incidence and international debt. Models developed and studied by economists have many applications in decision making in business, finance, politics, political economy and international relations at the local and international levels.

The study of economics is quite technical and requires a good command of mathematics and statistics especially at the advanced level but the depth of knowledge acquired prepares economist to be effective managers, project managers, complex problem solvers and decision makers at the highest levels in corporations, banks, public institutions and the government.

Sample Curriculum

  • Macroeconomic Principles
  • Microeconomic Principles
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis
  • Business Statistics

Economics Electives

Three electives in Economics at the 3000 level or above

Economics 3000 Level / CLA 2000 Level or Above

One elective in Economics at the 3000 level or above,
or pre-approved CLA elective at the 2000 level or above

One of the following:

  • International Trade
  • International Monetary Economics

Writing Intensive

One of the Following:

  • Energy, Ecology, and Economy
  • Health Economics