From the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Economics website. The department is housed in Barnard Hall at the heart of Hofstra's Campus. We invite you to explore our department through our website, and then to contact us directly. Though small, our department offers a wide variety of courses, all of which add immensely to students' ability to understand and interpret the world around them. We are also engaged in relevant and important research, which enables us to constantly enliven our classes with discussions of up-to-date theoretical and real-world debates and issues.
After completing your visit to this website, please feel free to contact any members of the department for further information about our program. You will find that our faculty are willing to help you tailor an economics program that meets your interests and needs.
Dr. Constantine Alexandrakis
Professor and Chair
Economics studies how people, individually and collectively, go about the everyday business of making a living. People address this task differently across communities, countries, and regions, and they need increasingly to adapt to changing conditions. The degree programs in economics seek to help students understand and explain the variety of economic life across communities and nations, and the forces transforming economies over time. Majors in the economics programs are given a solid theoretical and empirical foundation in the discipline to prepare them for graduate study and/or successful professional careers.
Economics provides distinctive ways to analyze problems affecting a diverse range of subjects, whether individuals or families, business firms or policymakers. It does so by recognizing the role of incentives and knowledge in shaping individual behavior and examining the nature and origin of economic institutions. The faculty of the Department of Economics aims to offer our majors what John Maynard Keynes described as "a rare combination of gifts." These include learning how to contemplate the present and future in light of the past, thinking in the abstract and understanding the concrete, and understanding the world of business, finance, work, and government policies from the standpoint of broader social concerns.