- To acquire knowledge of economic concepts, institutions, theories and methods and to demonstrate competency in using this information to analyze economic events and to evaluate economic policies.
- To learn to locate and retrieve economic data and information and to critically interpret this information.
- To develop and demonstrate economic literacy through discussion and creative synthesis of economics literature, including economic writing that applies and integrates data, uses quantitative tools, employs theoretical models, and develops policy prescriptions.
- To refine and demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills, including logical reasoning and the abilities to apply and interpret quantitative, qualitative, and graphical information in a problem-solving context.
- To develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in writing and orally about economic issues, including learning to formulate and present well-organized economic arguments supported by evidence.
- To develop economics research skills.
- To gain understanding of economies in a global context.
- To acquire knowledge of heterodox approaches to economics and to engage in the study of economics in an interdisciplinary context.
- To develop the capacities and habits of life-long learning that will equip students with the flexibility necessary to be successful in the uncertain and fast-paced world of tomorrow as well as to engage actively and critically with the changing economic issues of society.