Economics

Overview

A major, a concentration, and a minor

How individuals, businesses, and governments manage their resources to best satisfy their wants and needs is economics in a nutshell. Those who study economics at Bryant will learn how factors such as  unemployment, inflation, international trade and development, and management issues, health care, and environmental decisions affect the economy, and how some of these may be enhanced for the betterment of society.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics allows you to choose one of three content tracks that suit your interests: Industrial Economics and Market Regulation, International Political Economy, or Public Policy. (See links at right.)

The concentration and minor in Economics complement courses of study in the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bryant also offers a Bachelor of Science with a major in Applied Economics.

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

With a major in  Economics from Bryant, you will develop the competence to logically and analytically address a wide range of problems that apply to business, government, and global markets. You will find rewarding careers in such diverse fields as banking and finance, consulting, management, market research, sales, insurance, real estate, health-care administration, law, or public administration. A degree in economics is also excellent preparation for a variety of graduate programs.

Economics faculty

Faculty represent a wide range of expertise in areas such as health care, the public sector, international trade and economic development, labor and industrial organization, teaching methods, and human capital development. Their applied research and publications cover immigration and wage discrimination, market freedom and government intervention, forecasting, and healthcare market and policy, among others. Faculty serve as consultants to both private and public enterprises in the New England region, as well as international organizations such as the World Bank of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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Requirements

For an 18-credit concentration:

Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO313)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO314)

Econometrics (ECO315)

Three (3) Economics Electives (must include one 400 level elective) from the following list:

  • Money and Banking (ECO201)
  • Economics of Social Issues (ECO213)
  • Euro-American Economic History (ECO265)
  • Special Topics in Economics (ECO285/385/485)
  • Mathematical Economics (ECO310)
  • Sports Economics (ECO340)
  • America and Free Market (ECO350)
  • Industrial Organization: American Industry (ECO363)
  • Industrial Organization: Government & Business (ECO364)
  • Economic Development (ECO367)
  • Cultures and Economies in Transition (ECO376)
  • Economics Internship (ECO391)
  • Managerial Economics (ECO393)
  • Directed Study in Economics (ECO397)
  • Applied Microeconomics: Case Studies (ECO413)
  • Applied Macroeconomics: Case Studies (ECO414)
  • Applied Econometrics for Business and Public Policy (ECO415)
  • Environmental Economics (ECO461)
  • Public Finance (ECO462)
  • Labor Economics (ECO463)
  • International Trade (ECO471)
  • Economics of Health and Medical Care (ECO473)
  • Economic Growth: Policy and Practice (ECO480)
  • Directed Study in Economics (ECO497)

For a 12-credit minor: 

Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO313)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO314)

One economics course at any level

One 400-level economics course

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To learn more, please contact:
Sam Mirmirani, Ph.D. 
Chair and Professor 
Department of Economics 
smirmira@bryant.edu


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*Please see the Requirements tab on this page for more information about studying Economics as a concentration or a minor.

CONTRIBUTING TO THE FIELD

Joshua Ballance ‘12 
Research Assistant, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

“Learning is – by no means – limited to the classroom at Bryant,” says Ballance. “Learning begins in the classroom, but the opportunities to apply this knowledge, bringing textbook concepts to life, are what make the Bryant experience unique.”

Embracing this idea, and working closely with his mentor, Economics Professor Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D., Ballance developed his own Capstone project, encompassing 30 years of analysis of gender discrimination at the state level. Since it is not a well-researched topic, he notes, “That makes my work a unique contribution to the literature in the field of labor economics.” 

REACHING FOR THE FED

Lindsey Wilson ‘13
Research Analyst, Brown University

"All my professors went out of their way to ensure that I understood course material and that I was given every opportunity to expand my knowledge beyond the classroom," sais Wilson.

Through the support of the Economics faculty, she conducted research, under the guidance of Professor Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D., which has gave her exposure to numerous topics in economics and enabled her to obtain an internship at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in DC.

"The combination of outstanding faculty and individualized attention offered by Bryant has allowed me to take advantage of all these opportunities," says Wilson.

UNIQUE COLLABORATIONS

Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics Director, Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies

State leaders consult Tebaldi, the Rhode Island co-forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership, as they continue to look for ways to emerge from the economic downturn.

This native of Brazil, whose areas of expertise include applied econometrics, international trade, and institutions and economic growth, came to Bryant in 2007. In a recent Honors Capstone project he oversaw, the student learned to conduct applied research aimed at answering questions with social and economic relevance.

Tebaldi notes, “One-to-one, faculty-student collaborations of this magnitude are unusual at the undergraduate level at other institutions.”