Ranked among the nation's top economics programs
Denison's Department of Economics is ranked among the nation's top economics programs for undergraduates by Change Magazine. The curriculum focuses on helping you to develop an understanding of the institutional, analytic and empirical framework within which economic decision-making occurs. The department has its own well-equipped Macintosh computer laboratory which you will use in many of your courses and for independent research. In many of your economics classes, you will use real world data to test the validity of economic theory and to explore the development of new analysis.
You will learn how to use your empirical skills to critically evaluate the choice and effectiveness of policy in both the private and public sector.
Our department also has a strong interest in the connections between the United States' economy and that of the rest of the world.
Three Denison economics faculty members have won outstanding teaching awards from the Joint Council on Economic Education for their innovative approaches to teaching economics.
The purpose of the economics curriculum is to educate students in the nature and uses of economic reasoning. We are an economics department that values diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives on economic analysis and its application. We are cognizant of the importance of the other social and natural sciences, the arts, and the humanities to a more complete understanding of human society. Our curriculum introduces students to a core body of economic knowledge and to research skills, integrating disciplinary education with the liberal arts mission of the university. Economics majors develop the ability to think analytically and creatively about complex economic issues and policy choices facing our global society.
The content of our curriculum is tiered. In introductory courses students learn the basic principles of economics. In intermediate courses students develop their understanding of microeconomic, macroeconomic, and econometric theory. The advanced courses give students an opportunity to study in depth a particular field of economics through application of the requisite basic skills, and appropriate theoretical models and empirical methods. These courses primarily focus on national and international concerns, public policies, and controversies in economic theory and policy.
Graduates of the Department of Economics seeking immediate employment have been successful in securing interesting and challenging positions in business, government, and non-profit enterprises. The economics curriculum also provides students with the opportunity to prepare themselves for graduate or professional studies in economics, business, public administration, international affairs, law and others.