Learning Goals & Objectives for the Economics Program

Student Learning Goal 1: Economics Majors will solve problems within an Economic framework.

Students will be able to: 

  • Objective A: Analyze economic problems.
  • Objective B: Conceptually evaluate the economic consequences of potential solutions to economic problems 
Student Learning Goal 2: Students will be able to think critically using various economic frameworks.

Students will be able to: 

  • Objective A: Critically assess economic arguments.
  • Objective B: Apply analytic tools in evaluation of economic outcomes.
Student Learning Goal 3: Students will understand macroeconomic frameworks.

Students will be able to: 

  • Objective A: Display an understanding of the determinants of macroeconomic equilibrium.
  • Objective B: Analyze the impact of exogenous or policy related shocks on macroeconomic equilibrium. 
Student Learning Goal 4: Students will understand microeconomic frameworks.

Students will be able to:  

  • Objective A: Display an understanding of the determinants of the consumer behavior model in the context of consumer demand.
  • Objective B: Display an understanding of the theory of the firm in perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets.   

Learning Goals & Objectives for the Finance Program

Student Learning Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of Corporate Finance.

Students will be able to:

  • Objective A: Perform a capital budgeting analysis.
  • Objective B: Compute a firm’s weighted average cost of capital.
  • Objective C: Know the issues involved in developing an optimal capital structure for a firm.
  • Objective D: Know the issues a firm must consider in setting its dividend policy. 
Student Learning Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of Investment.

Students will be able to:

  • Objective A: Know the characteristics of the various investment instruments.
  • Objective B: Value stocks and bonds.
  • Objective C: Determine the gains and losses from option trading strategies.
  • Objective D: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic ethical issues relating to insider trading. 
Student Learning Goal 3: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of Portfolio Management.

Students will be able to:

  • Objective A: Construct Markowitz efficient portfolios.
  • Objective B: Assess the performance of investment managers.
  • Objective C: Understand the issues of market efficiency, behavioral finance and their implications regarding valuable information.