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.

200-Level and Advanced Work

The 200-level courses typically assume knowledge of introductory theory and are of special interest to students concentrating in political studies, historical studies, sociology, human rights, global and international studies, social policy, and environmental and urban studies. 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.

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 introductory microeconomic or macroeconomic theory. The Economics Program also offers several courses of general interest at the 100 level (without prerequisites) that provide an introduction to economics principles and issues for students who have not taken the introductory theory sequence.

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.