How much does your dollar really buy? How do events in Europe or South America affect your job?
"In my economics classes we talk about real world issues," says Faculty member Randy LaHote, who ties economic theory to real life circumstances to make his lessons come alive for his students. "We learn what does and doesn't work in relationship to economics, emphasizing growth and development issues. Things like, what do we know? What improves economic performance? What gets in its way? We look at how economics ties to careers and why we should care about it.
"If it can be said in simple language, let's go for it," says LaHote. "I'm not just training economists."
Knowing that most of his students have career aspirations outside of economics, LaHote prefers that they have a good understanding of economic theory and its tie to their jobs and their lives rather than the formulas and tools used to determine economic factors.
"One day I was talking about the economics of the former Soviet Union when someone raised their hand and told the class that they used to live there," says LaHote. "Suddenly, the subject matter took on a whole new life."
LaHote says that the analytical skills in
economics are similar to those in law
"I started out as an engineering major when the Vietnam War, the draft, and the energy crisis were on everyone's mind," says LaHote. "I could tie the analytical part of engineering that I liked with those social issues through economics.
It just all came together
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