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Professor:  Van Pham,Chairperson

Professor: Kenneth Ardon

Associate Professor: Kurt von Seekamm

Faculty Emeriti

Professors: Eugene A. Calabro, Dorothy Siden

Associate Professors: Robert D. Crofts, Henry A. Lucas, Jr.

Programs Offered 

Bachelor of Arts - Economics  

Bachelor of Science - Economics  

Bachelor of Science - Fire Science  




Programs in Economics


Economics is the foundation of a true liberal arts education. With a sound foundation in economics, you are well equipped to be critical thinkers and analyze and solve problems associated with important economic, political, and social issues faced by individuals, firms and policy makers.

As an academic discipline, economics recognizes that human wants are unlimited, but that the resources to satisfy those wants are limited. The recognition of these opposing facts necessitates rational choices to maximize human well-being. Knowledge of economics and economic analysis is important for a better understanding of past and present social and political issues. 

A degree in economics also provides an excellent foundation for advanced studies in economics, law, business, and public policy as well as the necessary tools for successful careers in almost any field.

The bachelor of science in fire science is an upper level program designed primarily for students from the Massachusetts Community College System to meet the professional and educational needs and objectives of fire protection personnel.  It meets or exceeds the standard, as established by the National Fire Protection Association, for Fire Officer I, II, III, IV, in NFPA 1031-1983.   Lower level courses focus on the acquisition of basic fire technology skills, while upper level courses primarily focus on the administration of fire protection.

A minor in Economics complements many other majors, providing analytical tools that can be particularly useful to students studying other social sciences, business, humanities, or physical sciences. Students must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher in ECO201 and 202 or permission of the department chairperson to be accepted into the Economics minor.

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