HPU Adds Degree Program In Mathematical Economics

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 15, 2009 ? High Point University will begin offering a new major that blends both business and math skills ? a Bachelor of Science in mathematical economics.

The major, which was developed in the Earl N. Phillips School of Business and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, will prepare students to master advanced quantitative and statistical techniques and apply them to the social science and business fields.

Dr. Stephanie Crofton, associate dean of the Earl Phillips School of Business, explains that the major was added due to the increasing need to analyze larger and more complex amounts of data within the growing world of information technology in many social science and business fields.

“Now more than ever, graduates will need to have an even greater command of mathematical and statistical techniques, and many leading universities are launching undergraduate programs in mathematical economics to accommodate this growing need,” Crofton says.

Courses in the major will cover subjects such as calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. Statistics courses will cover regression and time series analysis, as well as forecasting techniques. Students in the major will also have the opportunity to engage in a months-long research project during their senior year that will provide hand-on training and valuable experience in the type of work many will perform in careers in businesses, financial institutions, government agencies, research, teaching institutions and more.

Students who graduate with the degree will be prepared for a variety of careers in business, financial institutions, government agencies, as well as research and teaching institutions. Many students who choose this major are also likely to choose this major as preparation for graduate studies in economics, finance and other related social science of business fields.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 44 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 68 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu or on Twitter at @HighPointU.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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