The Department of Economics offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, as well as a finance concentration for B.S. majors and minors in economics and finance. Economics courses develop the critical and analytical skills essential for understanding economics and institutions, in both their contemporary and historical settings. These courses provide the academic background necessary for positions in industry, for work in many branches of government service, for law school, and for graduate study in business administration, economics, and the social sciences.