Economics Major: Public Policy and Sustainability Option B.A.

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Economics Major: Public Policy and Sustainability Option B.A.

Program Overview

What is the public policy and sustainability option in the B.A. economics major?

This option examines the factors that influence economic, social and environmental outcomes, such as unemployment, poverty, economic inequality, health disparities, technological innovation and pollution.

Why study public policy and sustainability at UNH?

In this option in the B.A. economics major you’ll develop the institutional knowledge and theoretical perspective to understand the impact that decisions of individuals, firms, communities and governments have on economic, social and environmental outcomes. You’ll analyze the impact of specific government policies and potential reforms, theoretically and realistically. Required courses cover law and economics, labor economics, economics of climate change, and natural resource economics.

Potential careers

Policy analysis and research positions with:

  • Consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Think tanks (e.g., RAND Corporation, Urban Institute, Mathematica Policy Research)


 

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Option in Public Policy and Sustainability (B.A. degree) examines the factors that influence economic, social, and environmental outcomes, such as unemployment, poverty, economic inequality, health disparities, technological innovation, and pollution. Students will develop the institutional knowledge and theoretical perspective to understand the impact that decisions of individuals, firms, communities, and governments have on such outcomes. Students will analyze the impact of specific government policies and potential reforms, theoretically and empirically.

This option is designed for students seeking careers in policy analysis and research positions at government agencies; think tanks such as RAND Corporation, Urban Institute, and Mathematica Policy Research; consulting firms such as Abt Associates; and non-governmental organizations.

Economics Major (B.A.)

B.A. economics majors must complete nine courses in economics plus ADMN 420 Business Statistics with a grade of at least C- (1.67) in each Paul College major course and an average grade of 2.0 or better in major courses.

Freshman Year
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ECON 402Principles of Economics (Micro)4
ADMN 403Computing Essentials for Business1
PAUL 405Freshman Academic Experience I1
PAUL 406Freshman Academic Experience II1
MATH 422Mathematics for Business Applications4
or MATH 424A Calculus for Social Sciences
PHIL 431Business Ethics4
Sophomore Year
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ECON 605Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis4
or ECON 606 Intermediate Microeconomics with Calculus
ECON 611Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis4
Junior and Senior Years
ECON 774Senior Economics Seminar 14
Select four (4) additional ECON electives 216
Total Credits51

Coursework in accounting is recommended but not required. B.A. economics majors may choose to focus their major electives to satisfy the requirements of one of the three options defined by the Department of Economics.

Public Policy and Sustainability Option Requirements

Students must complete at least two required courses and at least three courses total. At least two courses must be ECON courses. (Note: Some courses may have prerequisites that are not part of the option.)

Required courses:
ECON 653Law and Economics4
or ECON 656 Labor Economics
ECON 706Economics of Climate Change4
or EREC 572 Introduction to Natural Resource Economics
Select one of the following:4
ECON 625
Economic History of the United States
ECON 633
Microfinance
ECON 653
Law and Economics 2
ECON 654
Industrial Economics and Business Innovation
ECON 656
Labor Economics 2
ECON 668
Economic Development
ECON #669
Women and Economic Development
ECON 706
Economics of Climate Change 2
EREC 572
Introduction to Natural Resource Economics 1, 2
EREC 606
Land Economics Perspectives: Uses, Policies, and Taxes 1
EREC 627
Community Economics 1
EREC 680
Agricultural and Food Policy 1
EREC 708
Environmental Economics 1
EREC 760
Ecological-Economic Modeling for Decision Making 1
GEOG 582
Global Trade and Local Development 1
HMP 746
Health Policy 1
HMP #748
Health Policy Analysis 1
SUST 501
Sustainability Perspectives and Methods 1
Other 600-level or 700-level course, with approval from ECON Dept.
Total Credits12

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