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Welcome to the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Economics


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Welcome to the Department of Economics at East Carolina University.

The study of economics provides the foundation for understanding the forces that cause growth in living standards, recessions, and inflation. At a personal level, economics is useful for determining the market value of a house and making investments for retirement. Economics is also crucial for understanding important social issues.

A liberal arts education in economics will give you practical skills and many career choices. It will help you to prepare for a world in which you may need to change careers to adapt to changing economic forces. An economics major is useful in many careers. In the financial services sector (banking, brokerage houses, etc.) economic data are interpreted on a daily basis. Business managers must contend with changing market conditions, make investment decisions, and evaluate risks. Government officials must develop policies that enable the economy to flourish, since it is the primary source of government revenue.

The Department of Economics at ECU has earned a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Members of the economics faculty have won six university-wide teaching awards; students commend our faculty for their availability. Our professors all maintain active research agendas. More than ten different faculty members have won research awards from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. Many of our faculty have gained national reputations through their publications and offer courses in their areas of specialty.