Learning Goals

An economics major who graduates from Mount Holyoke College will have mastered the necessary analytical tools to understand contemporary economic issues and to take reasoned positions in debates about economic and social policy.

More specifically, achievement of this overarching learning goal entails that the graduating senior:

  1. has mastered the core body of economic theory, which necessitates solid quantitative, problem solving and critical thinking skills,
  2. understands how different theoretical approaches in economics lead to different explanations and policy conclusions, 
  3. understands how economic inquiry differs from other approaches to social inquiry,
  4. has conducted research on questions of economic theory and policy usually combining theoretical models and data analysis.