BA in Economics
From raising living standards to designing policies that preserve the environment, economics provides powerful tools for understanding the most pressing policy issues of the day. Our graduates go on to rewarding careers in academia, business, and the public sector. An economics degree is also excellent preparation for a range of career objectives, including graduate degrees in business, planning, public policy, and the law. Our mission is to provide a high-quality educational experience that enables students to understand the range of economic challenges facing Hawai‘i, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region.
In practice, this broad learning objective requires that majors demonstrate abilities in the areas of:
- Economic literacy: Be able to clearly explain core economic terms, concepts and theories.
- Critical thinking: Demonstrate the ability to apply economic reasoning to contemporary social issues and policy problems.
- Quantitative reasoning: Apply appropriate quantitative and statistical techniques to economic analysis. Conduct economic analysis using equations and graphs.
- Reporting: Develop expertise needed to effectively communicate results of economic research and analysis to colleagues and decision-makers through written reports and oral presentations.