Intelligent citizenship makes increasing demands on an individual’s knowledge of economics. Policy makers in business, government, and the nonprofit sector must frequently evaluate complex economic issues. The goal of the economics curriculum is to educate students, both majors and nonmajors, about the ideas of economics and how they apply to today’s world.

Introductory economics courses at Bates (courses numbered 100 – 199) emphasize a broad nontechnical understanding of economic institutions, policy, and analysis. Courses numbered between 200 and 249 provide nontechnical introductions to more specialized topics. Courses numbered between 250 and 299 cover intermediate economic theory and introduce students to the methods of empirical analysis. Three-hundred-level courses integrate practical economic issues with empirical and theoretical analyses, enabling students to develop sophisticated insight into both contemporary and historical economic problems.


The 2019 Maine Economics Conference will be held at Bates College

Charlie Kolstad ’69, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Economic Policy Research & Precourt Institute for Energy, and Professor of Economics at Stanford University, will be the keynote speaker for this event. He will talk on “Estimating the Economic Impacts of Climate Change Using Weather Observations.”

For more information:  7th Maine Economics Conference – April 27, 2019, Saturday