Undergraduate alums of all political stripes working in the public and private sectors credit their education at the UMass Amherst Department of Economics with giving them critical skills that make them more effective analysts, managers, and entrepreneurs.  Our alums live up to the ideal expressed in Innovation and Impact: Renewing the Promise of the Public Research University (2013):

"UMass Amherst graduates will be known as individuals who have excelled in a challenging environment, participated in rewarding and diverse intellectual and applied experiences, and succeeded in setting and achieving high expectations. They will be known as innovative thinkers and problem solvers, effective communicators, valued team members, and socially aware and responsible citizens." (p.  20)