Student Learning Goals

Goals of the Department

The CSB/SJU Economics Department has developed the following goals and objectives for student learning in the department:

  • Goal 1: Students of economics will be able to apply economic theory to understand economic issues and policies by:

Objective 1.1: Analyzing interactions between human values and economic policy; and

Objective 1.2: Demonstrating a knowledge of and ability to apply appropriate analytical tools.

  • Goal 2: Students of economics will be able to evaluate evidence bearing on those economic issues and policies by:

Objective 2.1: Identifying, locating, and assessing the appropriate quantitative and non-quantitative information and arguments; and

Objective 2.2: Employing both quantitative reasoning and computing skills where appropriate.

  • Goal 3: Students of economics will be able to communicate effectively the results of their economic analysis through:

Objective 3.1: Clear writing, appropriately supported and documented; and

Objective 3.2: For majors, polished oral presentations.

Social Science Goals and Objectives

The Social Sciences apply scientific methods to the study of human beings, social forces, and institutions.  Students learn a way of examining the world, practice careful analytic thinking, and develop deeper insights into their own experience.

Students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of basic facts and theories of a social science discipline
  • Acquire knowledge that enables them to make responsible social, civic, and personal choices
  • Make critical social science arguments supported by evidence appropriate to an introductory level