The Department of Economics shares with other departments a commitment to the Mission and Aims of Brigham Young University. The department can best meet these objectives by focusing exclusively upon undergraduate education. It has been our aim to purposefully design a curriculum that will provide our majors with one of the best undergraduate programs in Economics in the country. A careful study of Economics will help students better understand the world in which they live, including issues related to economic growth, levels of employment, inflation, international trade, globalization, taxation, and finance as well as providing insight into the consequences of alternative economic policies. Additionally, a careful analysis of costs and benefits of alternative proposals facilitates effective decision making and enhances our students participation and contribution in the communities in which they live.
Preparation for Graduate Studies
Program graduates will be prepared and qualified to pursue graduate studies in economics, business, finance, law, public policy and related disciplines.
Program graduates will be prepared and qualified to pursue careers in economics, business, finance, law, public policy and related disciplines.
Program graduates will be able to conceptualize a wide range of constrained optimization problems in economics and related fields and will be able to apply formal mathematical analysis to evaluate these problems.
Program graduates will be able to conduct basic econometric analysis including using data to estimate behavioral models, test hypotheses and measure quantitative relationships; they will have a basic understanding of mathematical statistics that underlies applied econometric analysis.
Evidence of Learning
Placement rates in top graduate programs in several fields
Economics Department Senior Survey
BYU Senior Survey
National Survey of Student Engagement
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
The Curriculum Committee of the Economics Department reviews the evidence related to each of the learning outcomes each using the measures listed above.