Much of the challenge and excitement in pursuing an academic programme in modern economics comes from the fact that it demands proficiency in a diverse set of skills. A good training in economics combines mathematical sophistication, computational skills and an appreciation of complex societal functioning. At SNU economics, the rigorous and innovative course structure of the undergraduate programme is designed to provide students with both the requisite breadth and depth when it comes to mastering modern economics. Members of our faculty are active researchers, trained at some of the best research universities in the world.
The department of Economics currently offers a B.Sc. (Research) in Economics programme, Master of Science programme, and a PhD programme. Under the aegis of the Centre for Economics, Mathematics and Data Analytics, the department, in collaboration with the Department of Finance, Accounting and Control (School of Management and Entrepreneurship), is also launching the B.Sc. (Research) in Economics and Finance programme. In addition we offer a minor in economics at the undergraduate level to students who are interested in economics but do not necessarily want to major in it. All SNU Economics teaching programs follow the same philosophy: we not only impart excellent training in economics which is comparable to internationally acclaimed programs but we also encourage our students to be creative thinkers, who can offer innovative solutions to problems arising in their workplaces and the wider community they are a part of. Our pedagogical approach is to introduce students to both the general foundations that underlies economics as well as the skills that are required to understand and tackle specific economic questions. In addition, our students take courses and get to interact with faculty across a range of disciplines like Mathematics, Computer Science, History, and Sociology, amongst others, thus providing them with a truly interdisciplinary perspective. Further, independent research is an integral part of all our teaching programs.