Economics should be an attractive major to those who are curious about social phenomena and who are unwilling to accept the superficial answers that often dominate public discussions. At Emory & Henry, we teach the traditional curriculum taught by the large majority of undergraduate programs. The emphasis in all courses is on explaining why social phenomena occur and what the effects of private behavior and government policies are.
However, because economics is in part about economic policies, courses also include the appraisal of market behavior and government policies using the criteria of efficiency and, to a lesser extent, equity. We believe that both markets and government can be imperfect instruments for managing society’s scarce resources.
The E&H Economics Department offers a bachelor of arts degree in economics, which is aimed at giving a broad background in economic theory and policy, preparing you to better understand human behavior and the events that shape our lives. The degree also is designed to prepare you for graduate study in economics, law, and public policy, and for work in government and industry.
The strength of economics is that it offers an effective way of understanding a variety of behaviors and social problems. The study of economics covers topics ranging from explaining personal decisions to choosing policies for promoting the welfare of society.
The successes of our alumni reflect the quality of the economics program at Emory & Henry. The following is a list of where some of those graduates are now:
- Julie Taylor, ’04, business advisor for youth development, Peace Corps, Philippines.
- Chad Pennington,’03, commercial lending officer, Highlands Union Bank, Abingdon, Va.; M.B.A. King College.
- Jay Rosser, ’03, analyst, Anti Money Laundering Department, Fortis Bank NA, in New York, N.Y.; M.A. , economics, New York University.
- Lee Ann Heaton Fuller, ’01, mathematics teacher, volleyball coach, John Carroll Catholic High School, Birmingham, Ala.
- John Deskins, ’00, assistant professor of economics, Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.; Ph.D., economics, University of Tennessee.
- Tyler Garrett Kidd, ’98, attorney, Charlottesville, Va.