About the Program

About the Program

The principal aim of an economics program in the liberal arts is not to train students in how to manage a business or maximize the value of an investment portfolio, but to show how alternative economic systems arise, why they succeed, and why they fail.

Program Overview

The Bard Economics Program emphasizes the policy applications of economic theory at the local, national, and global levels. A wide range of courses in economic theory, applied economics, quantitative research methods, economic history, and economic thought are regularly offered. Students typically begin their study of economics by taking the principles course. 
The 200-level courses typically assume knowledge of introductory theory and cover intermediate level theory, economic thought, economic history, research methods and a wide range of applied electives. 200 level applied electives currently offered include monetary economics, labor and health economics, development, international economics, finance and environmental and urban economics. Students who have completed introductory theory are encouraged to take at least one 200-level applied course before proceeding to more advanced course work in economics.
The courses and seminars at the 300 level provide advanced treatment of theory, research methodology, and applications for moderated economics majors.

For a sample course plan, see the Economics Advising Guide

B.S. in Economics and Finance

For students who wish to pursue a career in the financial world, Bard offers a five-year program leading to a B.S. degree in economics and finance and a B.A. degree in any other program.

3+2 B.A. and M.S. Degree Program

In keeping with the College’s long history of curricular innovation, qualified students in economics and related fields may proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Bard to the two-year master’s degree program. Students earn both a liberal arts degree (B.A.) and a professional degree (M.S.) in five years.