The Department of Economics is committed to a pluralistic approach to economics as a social science. Its research and teaching activities incorporate investigations of the evolution of economic thought, comparison and critical analysis of a variety of theoretical approaches, and the generation of applied, policy-relevant research that is informed by this broader inquiry. The graduate program is unusual in its incorporation of courses on Political Economy, which expose students to a wider variety of approaches than they would encounter in most economics departments. Similarly, all of our undergraduate students take at least one course in either economic history or the history of economic thought. The breadth of our undergraduate program has attracted a wide variety of students, including those seeking careers in business, public policy, the law, and academics.