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Department of Economics and Finance

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The Department of Economics and Finance faculty provide instruction in the societal, technological, and other forces that impact local, national and global economies. Economics and Finance department students study financial and banking systems, labor markets, money management and the finance industry. They develop the analytical, communication and quantitative skills graduates need to succeed. Alumni hold positions in financial institutions, insurance companies, government and social agencies, consulting firms and corporations.

Economics, Finance, and Labor Relations and Human Resource Management are also excellent majors for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in law, labor relations, public policy or economics, or those interested in teaching careers.

Department Chair
Maryanne Clifford
Webb Hall, Rm. 451
(860) 465-5512
Secretary II
Beth Leslie
Goddard Hall, Room 212E
(860) 465-5371
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Student and professor
Audry Foster
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Programs of Study

  • The Economics major offers concentrations in Business Economics and General Economics; both integrate a rigorous curriculum with experiential learning opportunities. Students develop high-level critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills and acquire knowledge of the latest economic theories and practices. They develop a sense of social responsibility to provide innovative solutions to society’s pressing issues related to the environment, sustainability, health and economic security. An Economics minor is also available to other majors.

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  • The Finance major prepares students to enter the financial services sector, work in a corporate setting or enroll in graduate school. With a broad foundation in the liberal arts, the major is designed to develop students’ intellectual skills for problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and technical and quantitative analysis. In addition, students gain understanding of ethical issues and knowledge of the principles, theories and regulations in Finance. Eastern graduates have a distinct advantage in the marketplace, as a liberal arts education with a major in Finance places them in an enviable position with companies seeking graduates who are morally and ethically suited for today’s business challenges.

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  • The insurance minor offers students coursework to help them prepare for a rapidly growing job market in the insurance industry. Courses offerings include risk management, life insurance, insurer operations, and commercial property and liability insurance.

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  • The only undergraduate program of its kind in New England, Eastern’s multidisciplinary Labor Relations and Human Resource Management major teaches students how to evaluate issues related to work and employment relationships. With a focus on creative, analytical and critical thinking, the program offers a unique approach to complex employment issues. Students develop a critical perspective and understanding of the roles of workers, employers, unions, institutions and labor laws. Faculty members come from the Business, Economics and Psychology departments.

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