Learning Goals & Objectives for the Economics Program

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

Students will be able to: 

A. Analyze economic problems.

B. Conceptually evaluate the economic consequences of potential solutions to economic problems.

Goal 2: Students will be able to think critically using various economic frameworks.

Students will be able to: 

A. Critically assess economic arguments.

B. Apply analytic tools in evaluation of economic outcomes.

Goal 3: Students will understand macroeconomic frameworks.

Students will be able to: 

A. Display an understanding of the determinants of macroeconomic equilibrium.

B. Analyze the impact of exogenous or policy related shocks on macroeconomic equilibrium.

Goal 4: Students will understand microeconomic frameworks.

Students will be able to:  

A. Display an understanding of the determinants of the consumer behavior model in the context of consumer demand.

B. Display an understanding of the theory of the firm in perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets.  


Learning Goals & Objectives for the Finance Program

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

Students will be able to:

A. Perform a capital budgeting analysis.

B. Compute a firm’s weighted average cost of capital.

C. Know the issues involved in developing an optimal capital structure for a firm.

D. Know the issues a firm must consider in setting its dividend policy.

Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of Investment.

Students will be able to:

A. Know the characteristics of the various investment instruments.

B. Value stocks and bonds.

C. Determine the gains and losses from option trading strategies.

D. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic ethical issues relating to insider trading.

Goal 3: Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of Portfolio Management.

Students will be able to:

A. Construct Markowitz efficient portfolios.

B. Assess the performance of investment managers.

C. Understand the issues of market efficiency, behavioral finance and their implications regarding valuable information.