2013-14 Pomona College Catalog 
    May 22, 2018  
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Professor Eleanor Brown, department chair

Professors Andrabi, Brown, Kuehlwein3, Likens, Marks, Smith
Associate Professors Cutter, Lozano, Steinberger
Assistant Professors De Pace, Goel,
Instructor Zemel
Visiting Professor Lehman
Visiting Assistant Professor Novarro
Lecturers Bergevin, Hueckel, Jurewitz

Marilynn Waters, academic coordinator

Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources. It provides tools useful in diverse personal and professional activities. Students who major in economics often go on to graduate schools of economics, business, or law; others find jobs in finance, consulting, other business, the non-profit sector or government. Students who seek work immediately after graduation may find that education in economics broadens job opportunities. The department also offers a minor.

Students who take our courses learn about a wide range of forces that shape our economy and society. Our curriculum emphasizes economic theory, statistical analysis and the role of public policy in addressing economic and social problems. We teach students how to construct and test rigorous models of individual and aggregate behavior and how to interpret empirical results in the context of competing explanations. We offer a broad range of courses designed to serve the aspirations of a diverse group of economics majors, as well as the intellectual purposes of the broader student body.

Placement: Placement exams are available to students with substantial prior training in economics who wish to determine whether they may skip ECON 051 PO  and/or ECON 052 PO  and take more advanced coursework for which these introductory courses are normally prerequisites. Students majoring or minoring in economics may consider their course requirement for ECON 051 PO  or ECON 052 PO  waived if they perform satisfactorily on the corresponding placement test, but a student who skips both ECON 051 PO  and ECON 052 PO  must take one additional economics elective to fulfill the major or minor requirement. No placement exam is required of students wishing to enroll in ECON 051 PO  or ECON 052 PO .

Recommended programs. It is strongly recommended that students take at least one economics course at the College before enrolling in ECON 101 PO  or ECON 102 PO , and take ECON 057 PO  before taking upper division courses at Pomona numbered 115 or higher. It is often useful if economics majors complete ECON 101 PO ECON 102 PO  and either ECON 107 PO  or ECON 167 PO  before taking upper-division courses. Students who plan to spend a semester abroad are encouraged to take ECON 101 PO , ECON 102 PO , ECON 107 PO  or ECON 167 PO  and at least one course in a field of interest before going abroad.

1On leave fall 2013 2On leave spring 2014 3On leave 2013-14


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