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What is economics?
Economics is a social science concerned with explaining and predicting events in a world of limited productive resources and unlimited human desires. In this context, the economist analyzes problems relating to choice, equity, and efficiency from an individual as well as from a social standpoint. Globilization, changing technology, pollution, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, business forecasting, banking, taxation and poverty are but a few of the topics dealt with by economists.
What are the economics programs at Shippensburg?
Shippensburg University offers two different programs in economics. They are: the bachelor of sciences (B.S.) degree with a major in economics and the bachelor of science in education (B.S.Ed.) with a major in economics.
The B.S. degree consists of a major in economics within an arts and sciences (liberal arts) context. It is ideal for students who find economics interesting and challenging, yet also desire the broadening experience of an arts and sciences education. The student takes 27 hours of economics and 93 hours in a variety of other disciplines. This program provides the student with a strong analytical and social science background and, therefore, with considerable flexibility for employment in business, government, banking, and many other fields. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate and professional study, notably in such areas as law, business, public administration, and, of course, economics.
What are the new B.S. options in economics?
In order to highlight the relationships between certain disciplines and majors, students pursuing a B.S. in economics have the opportunity to combine their economics program with courses from other departments. Combinations are available between economics and the following areas: a) Business, b) Mathematics, c) Political Science, d) Public Administration and e) Social Science.
Students in these programs will graduate with a B.S. in economics and a concentration in one of the other fields of study. The specifics of each concentration vary, but with the exception of the Social Science concentration, students would also earn a minor in their additional field. The B.S. in economics with a minor in an appropriate field will appeal to students intellectually and will serve as appropriate preparation for careers and graduate school.
Why study economics at Shippensburg?
The faculty at Shippensburg is committed to quality teaching and to meeting the needs of the individual student. Economics electives are offered in a wide variety of areas, and class sizes are generally small, permitting individual attention in a seminar atmosphere. These advantages are not found at many large institutions. In addition, all classes are taught by full-time faculty members who hold advanced degrees from leading universities. These faculty members enrich their teaching by actively engaging in professional research as evidenced by numerous articles in leading professional journals. The faculty also renders numerous services to the local and extended community. A combination of dedication to the highest principles of scholarship and of a faculty and staff concerned with the quality of higher education creates an environment conducive to learning and to the full development of the well-rounded student.
What are the career opportunities in economics?
In addition to receiving excellent preparation for graduate study in many fields, young men and women who successfully complete one of the economics programs have a wide range of excellent employment opportunities open to them in business, teaching, and government.
Medium- and large-size corporations frequently recruit persons with degrees in economics for their management training programs. This results from the belief that the study of economics provides an individual with a broad background and analytical ability that are important prerequisites for advancement into top management. While economists are also recruited in the private sector to engage specifically in economic research and economic analysis, such positions frequently require an advanced degree.
Local, state, and federal governments currently offer a wide variety of challenging positions for economists and in such allied professions as urban planning and environmental analysis. Recent federal concerns, such as those revealed in the National Environmental Planning Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act, have intensified the demand in all levels of government for economists.
Who should study economics?
Students who find the study of economic principles and systems enjoyable frequently are adept in abstract reasoning and are comfortable working with conceptual models. The economist's analytical framework is adaptable to understanding a variety of social and business phenomena. Students who select either economics program will find the material both demanding and rewarding.