By studying economics at UMass Amherst, you will explore the workings of the economy as a whole to answer the big questions. What causes inflation, unemployment, and inequality? How do regulation and deregulation of industries affect product prices and quality? Why does the cost of medical care rise faster than other costs?

Our economics department has a reputation for being the most important heterodox economics department in the country. You'll study economics from the perspectives of its two broad sub-disciplines:

  1. Microeconomics analyzes the individual behavior of households, business firms, and governmental entities.
  2. Macroeconomics focuses on aggregate economic performance of nations and their interdependencies in the global economy.

You can choose the courses that suit your interests and career goals, including classes in related fields such as history, international relations, business management, and political science.