At New College, our Economics AOC is designed to help you successfully confront the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The emphasis is on providing you with a conceptual framework with which to understand and assess the events and decisions that affect society at large as well as your own personal life. Upon graduation, should you continue on to graduate school or enter the job market? Should Europe abandon the euro? Should the Federal Reserve raise or lower interest rates in order to stabilize the economy? By mastering the tools of economic analysis, you will be able to evaluate questions such as these in a critical and systematic manner.
“Economics is a method rather than a doctrine, an apparatus of the mind, a technique of thinking which helps its possessor to draw correct conclusions.” – John Maynard Keynes
The goal of the economics program at New College is to provide students with the analytical tools that will enable them to understand and assess the events and decisions that affect society at large as well as their own professional and personal lives.
An understanding of economic principles is crucial to evaluating major national policy issues such as health care reform and international policy issues such as the desirability of free trade agreements. Students who master the “economic way of thinking” will be equipped to make intelligent decisions in their professional lives, whether they be an entrepreneur, a financial advisor, a lawyer, or an administrator for a nonprofit organization.
On a personal level, an understanding of basic economics is useful in making such critical decisions as whether to pursue a graduate education, whether to buy a house, or how best to invest one’s retirement portfolio.
A group of local high school students, along with eight New College economics students participated in New College’s Economics and Finance Mentorship Program, which consisted of weekly workshops this spring to teach students about economics and finance, introduce them to New College, and create networking opportunities with a diverse group of economists. Read more here.
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Students with an Economics AOC must satisfactorily complete required courses plus four additional courses in economics.Read more here
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