Public Policy


An Economics major, Public Policy track

You are fascinated by the problems that face citizens of the United States, such as determining the appropriate level of government involvement in economic and social affairs.

At Bryant, Economics with a focus on Public Policy will give you the interdisciplinary skills to understand economic, social, and political issues, and the tools necessary to formulate new policies and evaluate existing ones. In addition, this course of study will help you learn to think critically and to apply ethics to decision making.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics will provide you with the knowledge to explore and understand human behavior; contemporary social issues such as poverty, discrimination, and economic justice; history; culture; and international relations. 

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

Your public policy education at Bryant also opens up career opportunities in professions in law, business, government, and non-governmental agencies. You will be well prepared for graduate studies in public policy, law, economics, and business.

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 health care 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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For an Economics major, Public Policy track:

First-Year Gateway Experience

Global Foundations of Character and Leadership (GFCL100)

Global Foundations of Organizations and Business (GFOB100)

Writing Workshop (WRIT106)

Bryant IDEA: Innovation and Design Experience for All (IDEA101)


Upper –Level Gateway Requirement


Economics Major Requirements – Public Policy Track**

Intermediate Microeconomics (ECO313)

Intermediate Macroeconomics (ECO314)

Capstone Economics Seminar (ECO490)

            **Tracks: Within the Economics Major, you will choose one of three tracks

      Public Policy Track of Bachelor of Arts in Economics

     Take any four of the following:

  • Money and Banking (ECO201)
  • Economics of Social Issues (ECO213)
  • Econometrics (ECO315)
  • Sports Economics (ECO340)
  • America and Free Market (ECO350)
  • Industrial Organization: Government and Business (ECO364)
  • 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)
  • Health Care Economics (ECO473)
  • Economic Growth: Policy and Practice (ECO480)

Take any three of the following:

  • Public Relations (COM361)
  • Economics Internship (ECO391)
  • Markets and the Law (LGLS411) or Law and Society (LGLS360)
  • Not For Profit Law and Governance (LGLS382)
  • Ecology (SCI351) or Human Impact on Land/Life (SCI371)
  • Energy Management Strategies (SCI355)
  • Environmental Policy: Decision Making and Problem Solving (SCI455)
  • Government and Society in America (POLS256)
  • Social Problems/Social Solutions (SOC351) or Population and Society (SOC451) or Sociology of Gender, Illness and Health (SOC352) or Social Theory (SOC454) (Take one from this list - requires SOC251 as prerequisite.)
  • (optional) MATH 455 SAS Programming and Applied Statistics (Students who wish to work for the government could choose to learn SAS – prerequisite is MATH350)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements

Microeconomic Principles (ECO113)

Macroeconomic Principles (ECO114)

Introduction to Literary Studies (LCS121)

Mathematical Analysis (MATH110)

Statistics I (MATH201)

Two (2) Humanities Survey Courses

Liberal Arts Distributions – Modes of Thought*

Two (2) Social Science Modes of Thought

One (1) Historical Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

One (1) Literary Mode of Thought (Upper Division)

Two (2) Scientific Modes of Thought (Include one Lab Science)

(One science course must be taken at the 300 or 400 level)

Business Minor Requirement 

Selection is made from a variety of business minors (Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Marketing Analytics, and Sales).

Electives  - Subject to programmatic constraints, students may elect to take additional business courses beyond the required business minor, not to exceed a combined total of 30 credit hours in the College of Business.

*Modes of Thought requirements can be met by appropriate courses in the major.

A minimum 122 credit hours are required for graduation.

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Sam Mirmirani, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor 
Department of Economics


Ernie Almonte ’78, ’85 MST, ‘09H
Currently: CEO, Almonte Group LLC

“The lessons I learned at Bryant have become part of the fabric of who I am. They helped me on my pathway to success,” says Ernest A. Almonte, CPA,'78, '85 MST, '09H, who was twice named to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People list and boasts more than 30 years of experience in the profession. Almonte, a candidate for the 2014 Rhode Island governorship, is currently CEO of the Almonte Group LLC, which provides government financial and public policy consulting and training services. He is chairman of the Department of Defense Audit Advisory Committee and an adjunct professor at Brown University’s graduate school. Previously, he served as Rhode Island’s Auditor General from 1994 to 2010.