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Economics has been taught at Georgia Tech for more than one hundred years when, starting in 1908, courses in economic theory and political economy were first offered under the aegis of the Department of English. The Department of Economics was later formed in 1934 and the first Bachelor of Science in Economics degree was awarded in 1971. Currently, the School of Economics is one of six Schools within the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Because the quality and longevity of life for literally every individual on our planet is defined by economic conditions, economics is arguably the most encompassing and vital of all human sciences. As the science of choice behavior, studying economics provides the theory and applications that are fundamental to understanding the decisions people make as well as the consequences of those decisions. It permits us to forecast the future and explain the past.
Since life itself is dominated by economic considerations, the study of economics provides an intellectual foundation for an extraordinarily broad spectrum of careers. Good decision-making skills are required everywhere, including banking/finance, law, economic development, international business, intellectual property, public policy, health, sports management/marketing, environmental regulation, transportation and logistics, and more. Economics helps develop these effective decision-making skills which are so essential for firms and other organizations to be successful. Consequently, for many years the average starting salary of economics graduates has been among the highest of any bachelor degree. Moreover, economics graduates often advance to significant positions of responsibility and authority in their professional careers and many experience great success as self-employed entrepreneurs.
Enjoy your visit to the School of Economics at Georgia Tech. Please be sure to contact us if you have any questions. Come visit us in person. Georgia Tech is a top-tier research institution, full of fantastic teachers. The School of Economics is proud to be part of Tech’s dynamic and intellectually challenging and vibrant community. You will be too!
- Dr. David Laband