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. You will also explore how some of these factors may be enhanced for the betterment of society.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics allows for a liberal arts and business interdisciplinary choice of electives and tracks. You can choose one of three content tracks that suit your interests: Industrial Economics and Market Regulation, International Political Economy, or Public Policy.
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.
Faculty represent a wide range of expertise in areas such as healthcare, 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 New England, as well as international organizations such as the World Bank of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
For a major in Economics, please choose one of the following tracks:
- Economics: Industrial Economics and Market Regulation
- Economics: International Political Economy
- Economics: Public Policy
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.
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.”