Located in historic New Jersey Hall, the Economics Department at Rutgers University–New Brunswick has a long tradition of excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our faculty represent a broad array of disciplines within economics. Our faculty are leaders in their areas of research and lecture to universities, government agencies, and institutions around the world. Our faculty are regular members of national panels and research groups.
The Economics Department offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Among the most popular at Rutgers, our undergraduate offerings include a Major and Minor in Economics, an Economics Honors Program, and a variety of certificate programs. For graduate students, there is a Ph.D. in Economics with financial support; while the program is relatively small, it is very high quality. Our graduate students are employed at universities in the U.S. and around the world, at government agencies both here and abroad, and at numerous prominent private sector employers.
Technology Requirements for Economics Courses in Summer 2020
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, all in-person Summer courses at Rutgers have been transformed into remote instructions courses. This means that all instruction, student-teacher interaction, and assessment of student performance will take place online. The economics courses offered this summer will be run in a synchronous manner; the lectures and office hours will take place through meeting tools such as BigBlueButton, WebEx, or Zoom in Canvas or Sakai. Lectures will be delivered live during the scheduled class time. Students will be able to interact and ask questions via chat and breakout rooms during the scheduled meeting times. The lectures will also be recorded for later reference, but students are expected to participate in the live classes.
To take any of these courses, students will need access to the following:
1) High speed internet
2) A laptop or desktop computer. If the computer does not have a built-in microphone and camera, students will need a webcam and a mic.
3) A scanner, or a phone camera with software for producing pdf documents from photos. Not all of these items will be needed at all times in every meeting of the course.
By signing up for a Summer course in the Economics Department, a student consents to have videos of themselves recorded as needed for authentication purposes. We take seriously our obligation to students to provide a level playing field that does not disadvantage our many students of high integrity. Therefore, in all courses, there will be some form of video control of test environments. This type of online proctoring will require the use of a webcam and a mic. Students will also need, at those times, to be in an environment that affords them privacy, if only to avoid the recording of others who may not be aware of it. For test dates (when the full range of equipment listed above will be needed), please see the course syllabus.