The University of Southern Maine’s Economics Program, through its undergraduate major and minor, educates students of diverse backgrounds for success – equally as active citizens with deep insights into our society’s structural challenges, and also for a wide range of careers from economic analysis to journalism, and entrepreneurial leadership to public policy.
Our program has a proud tradition of faculty trained in heterodox as well as neoclassical economics, with research and teaching interests in macroeconomic theories, global and regional development, economic history, and applied microeconomics including labor, gender, happiness, food, environmental and natural resources, and social justice. Our faculty are deeply committed to the values of inclusiveness, diversity, and environmental sustainability at local, state, national, and global scales. Faculty scholarship, teaching, and public service support these values.
To help them succeed in careers and civic life, we challenge our students to excel at standard quantitative and theoretical methods, critical thinking, humanistic/liberal arts approaches to social and economic problems, institutional and historical inquiry, and writing and public persuasion.