The Department of Economics at St. Thomas brings the strengths of a critical liberal arts education to the study of the economy. We study different ways regions, large and small, manage their resources—whether those resources be financial, natural, goods, or services. The study of Economics takes a critical look at how regions trade, price, consume, and distribute. It is the job of an economist to be an expert in understanding the various economies in which she or he works and to prepare best practice advice for the benefit of his or her region. Our students investigate not only how the economy works, but where it came from, the challenges it creates for social equality and social justice, and how people engage to modify and change existing economic relations.
Critical and Transferable Skills
As a student of Economics, you will learn to navigate through the ebb and flow nature of the economy in which you live and work. You will develop intelligence in making informed decisions and providing meaningful advice related to wealth and resources in your area. You will also sharpen your analytical skills and appreciate the value and limitations of evidence-based arguments and research. At the same time, you will gain advanced communication skills, especially in your capacity to read and analyze academic and technical writing.
Careers and Graduate Pathways
We believe that our liberal arts approach to the study of the economy has had some influence over the career paths of our graduates. Several of our graduates work for the public sector where the ability to think analytically, read quickly, communicate clearly, and have a sense of competing interpretations is vitally important. These capabilities are also of value for our students who work as lawyers, teachers, in business, and more.
Related Areas of Study
Economics students at St. Thomas tend to have interests in everything from Political Science to Philosophy, to Journalism, to Public Policy, to Environmental Studies, and Mathematics.