The Evolution of the Liberal Arts Economics Curriculum in the U.S.

12 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2005

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Denise Robson

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Lee VanScyoc

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 30, 2005

Abstract

This article looks at the evolution of the economics major in Liberal Arts schools. A sample of 145 liberal arts colleges is used to illustrate how today's curriculum compares with the recommendations given over the past half century of so. We find that most schools require a basic foundation, some breadth, and some depth in the economics curriculum. The biggest change over the last half century is in the increased requirements for quantitative classes. There has also been a substantial increase in the number of schools both requiring and offering international economics, while fewer are requiring money and banking. And finally, more schools are requiring students to participate in some type of senior experience.

JEL Classification: A1

Suggested Citation

Robson, Denise and VanScyoc, Lee, The Evolution of the Liberal Arts Economics Curriculum in the U.S. (September 30, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=822664 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.822664

Denise Robson (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )

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Lee VanScyoc

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Economics ( email )

800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901
United States

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