Economics

Economics provides students with the skills necessary to understand real world issues and to better evaluate individual and group behavior in the context of global scarcity. Professors do so by actively involving students in the learning process, challenging them to explore questions on a variety of contemporary problems and policies while applying the tools of economic analysis.

Our Economics program, both in terms of curriculum and other learning experiences, provides students with the foundation they need to apply theory to conventional economic issues and to explore contemporary research into human behavioral puzzles.

Student success in the program is bolstered by a student-professor ratio that fosters strong mentoring relationships while providing a wide array of course options.

The journey begins with Microeconomic Principles — which analyzes the consumption behavior of households, the price and output decisions of firms under various forms of market structure, the distribution of income — and Macroeconomic Principles, which looks at the overall level of economic activity, prices and employment within the framework of American capitalism. Students can go more deeply into one of these areas by taking a corresponding First-Year Seminar.

In all classes, our main objective is to help students develop critical reasoning and problem-solving faculties. To that end, teaching analytical and communication skills are the common denominators of the Stonehill Economics curriculum. Professors also guide students in making course choices based on the student's interest and goal, which may be law school, graduate school in Economics or Finance, business school, public policy school or a career in the financial markets.

The Department further recognizes an intellectual, cultural and social duty to the community and pledges its resources to that end.

Merging Creativity, Analytical Thinking and Clear Communication

The Economics faculty will help students learn to identify and address wide-ranging issues of great national and international interest. We do this by teaching the theory, methodology and empirical techniques of the economic model as it relates to matters of social science inquiry, financial markets and human behavior.

Our faculty is united in the belief that one must develop the ability to think analytically and creatively as well as communicate clearly through written and oral presentation. Small classes allow for stimulating discussions and enhanced individual attention.

Our faculty’s interests encompass a wide variety of subjects resulting in a range of courses including, but not limited to:

  • Economics of Sports
  • Economics of Social Issues
  • Money and Banking
  • Health Care Economics
  • International Economics
  • Fixed Income Analysis
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Portfolio Management
  • Econometrics
  • Forensic Economics
  • International Finance
  • Economics and the Law
  • Economic History of the 20th Century American Family

Opportunities that Offer a Competitive Advantage

The course requirements for an Economics major are structured to give students the opportunity to simultaneously explore other fields of study and thereby acquire a multifaceted foundation from which to launch their career or pursue an advanced degree. Economics majors at Stonehill also have the chance to join faculty in research projects, including recent work on the economics of professional sports, and they are encouraged to take advantage of our extensive study abroad program.

The Economics major is compatible as part of a double major program with almost any other major at Stonehill. About half of our students link the Economics major with other programs. Guided by career goals and personal interests, recent Economic majors have also majored in PhilosophyPolitical Science & International StudiesHistoryPsychologyMathematics and various Business Administration.


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