The Economics and Finance at Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences offers a wide range of courses in theoretical and applied economics and finance, quantitative research methods, economic history and history of economic thought. Because issues of public policy invariably have an economic dimension, all informed citizens should be familiar with basic economic principles.

Students typically begin their study of economics by taking introductory microeconomic or macroeconomic theory and, if needed, a foundational course in mathematics for economics and finance. The 200 level courses typically assume knowledge of introductory microeconomics or macroeconomics and are of special interest to students concentrating in Political Studies, Human Rights, and Urban Studies.

Students who have completed introductory theory are encouraged to take at least one 200 level applied course before proceeding to more advanced coursework in economics. The 300 level upper college courses and seminars provide advanced treatment of theory, research method, and applications for moderated economics majors. Like all undergraduate AQB programs, Economics and Finance requires a year-long senior project, which is typically an independent research effort done under the supervision of a faculty member, and culminating in a paper of about 13,000 words.



01 That students learn the main principles of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, and how to apply them in practice to the real world;.

02 That students gain a historical perspective both on the evolution of economies – through an economic history course – and on the evolution of economic thinking in response to historical changes in economies – through a course on history of economic thought;

03 That students gain quantitative skills in understanding, transforming, and analyzing data, as well as using data to make informative charts that contribute to creative thinking about real economies; 

04 That students learn to read articles and books about economics quickly and with excellent understanding, as well as to write clearly and accurately about economic issues.