Economics is a social science because it seeks to measure, explain and predict ways in which people behave. Its approach to problem solving is typically deductive and it is frequently quantitative, but the underlying agenda is the improvement of the human condition through the selection of appropriate public policy. From the introductory courses, which acquaint students with the fundamentals of the economic way of thinking through the intermediate theory, topics and methods courses, to the capstone senior seminar, we stress this importance of analysis in the service of society.
Economics Internship Option
The faculty of the department strongly encourages participation in the Internship program. Through the program, students accumulate academic credit and gain valuable job experience. Students are often compensated for their work and can present a record of academic and practical experience to potential employers. Students are advised to consult their faculty advisor and the office of Career Services for more information.
Secondary Education Licensure
Students wishing to be certified by the State of Ohio for the teaching of economics in the secondary schools may obtain information concerning certification requirements from either the Department of Economics or the School of Education.
The Buckhorn Chair in Economics
The Buckhorn Chair in Economics was established in January 1983 through a gift from Buckhorn, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, (a subsidiary of Myers Industries). The chair enables a faculty member to conduct research in economic thought, economic, political, and social issues, economic growth, and applied economics. The scope of the Buckhorn Chair includes teaching, research, and establishment of linkages between the academic and business communities.