Mission and Student Learning Outcomes

Mission

The primary mission of the department is to help provide an undergraduate liberal arts education of superior quality.  We encourage student learning through excellence in teaching, mentoring, and advising, support of undergraduate research, and the cultivation of honest and critical inquiry.  As a community of scholars, we encourage faculty learning and scholarship.  As community members, we encourage students and faculty to engage with the broader community in ways meaningful to all. 

 Students majoring in economics learn and apply the methods of economics in depth.  They become familiar with the historical context of the discipline, the connections of economics to other fields of study, and the role of ethical values in decisions and policymaking.  We provide students with the opportunity to apply economics to a wide range of contemporary concerns, including the environment, globalization, human diversity, and sustainability.  The department contributes to the education of all UNC Asheville students by participating in interdisciplinary programs and teaching ILS courses and cognates for other programs.  The skills and interests that students develop in our courses enable them to be lifelong learners and contributing members of their communities.

Student Learning Outcomes

The learning objectives of the department support its mission and that of the university. While our activities as a department go beyond the teaching of students, both those who major in economics and those who do not, teaching is our foremost activity.

All students who take courses in economics will:

1) Be able to critically interpret and effectively communicate information about economics, and

2) Learn how to apply economics to issues of contemporary concerns.

In addition, through completing requirements of the curriculum in economics, including our senior research sequence, students majoring in economics will:

3) Learn and apply the concepts and methods of economics in depth,

4) Become familiar with the historical context of the discipline, the connections to other fields of study, and the role of ethical values in decisions and policymaking, and

5) Effectively communicate the findings of their research.