• Bruce T. Elmslie, Professor of Economics

    “Nations, like people, need incentives to trade and prosper. During the past 30 years or so, understanding this has released many people from poverty in places such as India and China.”

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  • Reagan A. Baughman, Associate Professor of Economics

    “I care about kids and their welfare. I want the people who need assistance to get assistance. Lower income kids head that group, so that’s who I study.”

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"[The great economists] commanded no armies, sent no men to their deaths, ruled no empires, took little part in history-making decisions... Yet what they did was more decisive for history... more powerful for good and bad than the edicts of kings and legislatures. It was this: they shaped and swayed men's minds."
                         -  Robert Heilbroner (The Worldly Philosophers, Simon and Shuster, 7th Edition, 1999, p.13).

With a global reputation for outstanding teaching and research, the Economics Department at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics provides a vibrant atmosphere for undergraduate and graduate learning, research, and development.  Programs are designed to teach students the apparatus of the mind by studying and engaging in pressing issues and problems that face today's societies. Respected as a social science, the Economics programs also serves as the foundation for many of the business disciplines.  Students create an experience by applying skills and knowledge to a new world context.

Highlights of the Department of Economics:

  • The Economics department offers two Bachelor's Degrees at the undergraduate level, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Analytical Economics.
  • The Economics department offers two degrees at the graduate level, Master of Arts in Economics and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics.
  • A weekly Seminar Series allows scholars from around the country and world to join University of New Hampshire faculty and students to discuss cutting-edge research and policy issues.
What is Economics?

As a foundation for business principles, Economics is a social science that studies how individuals, governments, firms, and nations make choices about allocating scarce resources between alternate and competing wants.

Why Study Economics?

The undergraduate study of Economics provides an excellent background for many careers in business, service, policy, and government, as well as excellent preparation for graduate study.  Students gain a key set of skills that enable them to think conceptually in order to understand and real-world problems.  Students work with and analyze data, argue logically and cogently, and communicate these arguments both orally and in writing.  New opportunities and experiences are found in and outside of the Economics classroom, allowing students to apply their skills and knowledge.

The Economics Department also provides:

  • A Peer Advising Program, specific to the Economics major, that guides students throughout the first year of undergraduate study to excel towards his or her degree.
  • Monthly freshman seminars designed to engage students in meaningful interactions with members of the Economics and Business faculty.
  • Careers in Economics courses that provide hands on experiences and connection with alumni and faculty.
  • Small class sizes in the state-of-the-art Peter T. Paul College facility.
  • Two Undergraduate degrees to encompass all realms of the student, as well as two Graduate degrees.
  • Weekly Seminar Series where University of New Hampshire faculty, visiting faculty, and advanced graduate students present original research.
  • Courses in International Economics, Money and Banking, and Econometrics that offer a real-world view of how economies and economists work.
  • Award-Winning faculty and staff, dedicated to the success of the student.
Career Opportunities in Economics

Economics majors at the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics are highly sought after by employers of all types, as well as graduate schools of business and law.

Career opportunities for students who study Economics at the University of New Hampshire include, but are not limited to: banking and financial services, journalism, international business, public service, diplomatic corps, entrepreneurial ventures, and government.

Undergraduate Economics majors may continue onto graduate school to study law, business administration, and international relations.