Letter from the Chair
Welcome to JCU's Department of Economics and Social Sciences. We are committed to excellence in teaching and to instilling in our students the excitement of studying economics and other social sciences. Our faculty members offer expertise in a variety of topics, have published articles in international peer-reviewed journals, authored books, and are active in the community. Most importantly, they are excellent teachers dedicated to their students’ learning.
The Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance is becoming one of the most popular majors at JCU and has been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK), which provide students with a solid grounding.
Nowadays, it is difficult to be informed citizens without having a basic understanding of economics and other social sciences. Moreover, economic principles, when applied wisely, can lead to outcomes which benefit all of society. The study of economics, finance, psychology and sociology at JCU provides insights into the wide range of forces that shape our economy and society. When combined with training in quantitative reasoning, it provides an excellent foundation for just about any career our students want to pursue after college. Indeed, firms highly value individuals who have been intrepid and resilient enough to undertake the challenge of studying economics and social sciences at an American university abroad, like JCU. They also value individuals capable of interacting with students and professors from across the world.
Students taking courses with us learn how to develop critical thinking skills and to use the analytical tools of economics and statistics to gain a better understanding of the most pressing economic and social issues of our time. Our department curricula emphasize analytical rigor, the use and interpretation of empirical and historical evidence, and the development of accurate, well documented, and articulated written arguments. Students acquire a set of skills of practical relevance, making the economics and finance major a gateway to a broad array of careers in business, law, journalism, public policy, government, and academics.
Prof. Francesco Ruscitti
Chair, Department of Economics and Social Sciences