Dr. Margaret Ray and Dr. Brad Hansen are presenting today @ 4:00!!

Dr. Margaret Ray and Dr. Brad Hansen are presenting today at 4:00 as part of the COVID-19 in Context series! -This will be a discussion of the costs and benefits of social distancing and an economic approach to evaluating alternative public policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the Zoom link if you would like to join, but have not registered for the series. https://umw-sso.zoom.us/j/93285443665 For this presentation, UMW students are asked to read the following article(s) in advance: Some Basic Economics of COVID-19 Policy: A look at the tradeoffs we face in regulating behavior during the pandemic. https://review.chicagobooth.edu/economics/2020/article/some-basic-economics-covid-19-policy?fbclid=IwAR3m9WwyONv1R9132FSxgRkxprsQev86Y_zHXCvq-8QXSDS47DfUp7AnH50   … [Read more...]

A message from the Economics Department Chair, Dr. Margaret Ray

Congratulations to our class of 2020 economics majors! You met the challenges of a rigorous curriculum and what you have learned will serve you well in your future endeavors. Please stay in touch and let us know what you're up to. We hope to celebrate your accomplishment in more traditional ways when that becomes possible. Until then, great job and welcome to "Tribe Econ"!! … [Read more...]

Congratulation to Dr. Hansen

The Economics Department would like to congratulate Dr. Hansen and his wife, Dr. Hansen! In early April, the American Historical Association issued a call for historians to apply their skills to help illuminate the challenge COVID-19 poses to our nation and the world. As the AHA Council wrote: “Historians can…play an important role by providing context, in this case shedding light on the history of pandemics and the utility of that history to policy formation and public culture.” To reinforce and support this call to action, the Stanton Foundation has launched a weekly contest to identify and reward what we judge the best new Applied History article or op-ed that illuminates the current coronavirus crisis. An advisory panel from the Applied History Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center will assist in the screening process. These articles should illuminate current challenges and policy choices by analyzing the historical record, especially precedents and … [Read more...]

Economics Department’s 2020 Scholarship & Award Recipients

Please help us congratulate all the Economics Department's 2020 scholarship and award recipients! Tea Brandt - Adam Smith Award for Graduate Studies in Economics Jess Suddreth - Henry W. Hewetson Economics Award Aspen Aston - James Harvey Dodd Award … [Read more...]

Research & Creativity Day 2020

April 24, 2020 would have been the 14th annual Research and Creativity Day symposium at the University of Mary Washington. As in years past, the Hurley Convergence Center would have been filled with posters and hosted simultaneous oral sessions. There would have been multiple exhibitions and performances across campus, and numerous departments would have hosted their own events to celebrate the intellectual and creative work of their students. Unfortunately, the unprecedented events connected to the Coronavirus pandemic this year has meant that along with all other face-to-face events and classes at the university, we cannot hold this year’s Research and Creativity Day as we have in years past. But students and faculty have been working together throughout this year on their research and creative projects, and we want to take the time to share them and celebrate them. For that reason, we will be holding the 2020 Research and Creativity Day as a Virtual Symposium. Please use the … [Read more...]

Effective as of Fall 2020: Applied Economics Major and Economics Major Changes

Effective as of Fall 2020. There will be changes to the existing Economics major and the department is adding a new major called Applied Economics. However, these changes to the Economics major are for students who declare AFTER the Spring of 2020. The Economics Department is now offering two majors leading to a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Current majors – please do not panic. Your major track does not change. What changes are coming to the Economics Major?  The changes to the existing Economics major will include Econ 375 and Econ 490 must be taken. Aside from these changes, the Economics major will remain the same. What is the new major? In addition, the Economics Department will be offering a new major as in Fall 2020. The new major is called "Applied Economics" and is more flexible to go along with other majors such as Business. The list of required classes can be found below and in the flyer. If you are already a Business major and Economics minor, then switching … [Read more...]

Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2020 Semester

Click Here to view Final Exam Schedule for the Spring 2020 Semester. … [Read more...]

New General Education Requirements for BA/BS Students

The new General Education Program will be in effect starting in Fall 2020 for all new first-year and transfer students. Current students will have an opportunity to move to this program and are encouraged to review the FAQ developed for this purpose in anticipation of their spring advising appointment. Click here to see a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs). General Education Requirements: FOUNDATIONS DESCRIPTION  First-Year Seminar One course designated as a first-year seminar. Written Communication Three courses designated Writing Intensive. Oral Communication One course designated Speaking Intensive. Language Intermediate competency in a second language, defined as the completion of any 201 language course. (Other options for satisfying this requirement can be found below this chart). METHODS OF INVESTIGATION DESCRIPTION Arts and Literature One course focusing on visual art, performing art, and/or … [Read more...]

CEE Stock Market Game Region Fall 2019 Results

The University of Mary Washington Center of Economic Education participates in the Stock Market Game through Virginia Counsel of Economic Education. The SMG is an online simulation of the real-life stock market that helps sharpen skills in math, social studies and language arts. It is a comprehensive economics and personal finance education program for Grades 4 to 12.  Small student teams compete for awards by investing $100,000 in an online, virtual portfolio.  The adult advisor registers the student teams. Student teams are provided online access to their own online investment portfolio.  Students research and apply their investment ideas in a real-world market environment.   Congratulations to the UMW Center of Economic Education top 3 region winners for the Fall 2019 Stock Market Game. The 1st place team was Blue Devil Pride from Culpeper County High School, with a total equity of $108,586.06. The 2nd place team was Stonksboys from Spotsylvania Middle School, with … [Read more...]

New Course-Offering ECON 490E- Independent Research

In this course, students will conduct independent faculty-supervised research on a topic of the student’s choice in economics. The topic needs to be approved by the instructor. It will generally be a research project that student has been working on from another course. Students are required to present their research on a public forum during the semester. Class Time and Location: T-TR 2:00-2:50 pm, CLAV 102 Instructor: Amrita Dhar Email: adhar@umw.edu Office: Econ House, 1004 College Avenue, Room 204 This is an awesome opportunity to build your resume and learn the process of writing a research paper. For more information, please email Dr. Dhar or see the flyer below. … [Read more...]