Economics and Social Sciences 

Founded in 2003, Economics and Social Sciences (ESS) department of BRAC University has now expanded to 19 full time faculty members, 500 students and an alumni body of 300 graduates. More than half of the faculty members obtained their respective PhD degree from internationally reputed universities of advanced countries of the world, and have strong teaching, research and publication records. The department’s young bright teachers are dedicated to developing their academic careers and contributing to development of students’ all round development. All faculty members are committed to close engagements with students to develop their intellectual curiosity and motivation for learning. The department encourages students to ask questions and challenge conventional ideas. ESS seeks to make students understand the broad economic and social realities they live in, both in Bangladesh and this globalized world, and to develop critical insights and analysis to help them determine solutions. Along with emphasis on growth as all-rounded individuals with strong ethical values, ESS prepares students both for the job market and for graduate studies and research. The Department offers one master’s and two majors. These are:

  • Bachelor of Social Science in Economics (BSS in Economics)
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Anthropology (BSS in Anthropology)
  • Master of Science in Applied Economics (MS in Applied Economics)

The department also offers three minors. These are:

  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Sociology

An increasing number of students from other disciplines also opt for economics as part of doing their double major. Doing such double major and doing a minor in economics or anthropology or sociology will help students of other disciplines to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained in their respective undergraduate major for a deeper understanding of the greater social and economic development.

Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) in Economics

ESS offers its students a broad, comprehensive, demanding and innovative BSS degree in Economics. It is designed to introduce them to the basic concepts and issues in economic theory and discourse, offer them challenging upper level courses that sharpen and focus their understanding and engagement with the discipline, and teach them to apply the concepts learned in the classroom to real life. The major in Economics:

  • Provides a firm grounding in modern economic theory
  • Develops the capacity for quantitative research
  • Advances knowledge about the world economy
  • Fosters independent, analytical thinking on economic problems and policies.

The major provides a strong and broad-based foundation in economics that prepares students for the employment market in government, the private sector, research institutions and organizations, and in development agencies. The core courses of the Economics major program create a strong theoretical base for graduate study in economics in internationally reputed economics departments of universities in advanced countries. Minor in Economics for students of other disciplines gain a strong foundation in theoretical and applied micro and macroeconomics along with a basic understanding of the techniques of economic data analysis that serves graduates well for doing empirical work. Dr Farzana Munshi, Associate Professor (fmunshi[at][dot]bd), is the Coordinator of Economics Program.

Bachelor of Social Science (BSS) in Anthropology

ESS has been offering a major in Anthropology since the Spring of 2013. The program is committed to rigorous teaching, writing and analytical skill-building on issues such as development, modernity, nationalism, sovereignty and culture. The Anthropology faculty includes well known specialists who have successfully made ESS an important convening platform that articulates a better historicized, culturally contextualized, Southern perspective as well as offering a new South Asian narrative.

A vibrant and active group makes up the anthropology and social science faculty of the department. It includes five PhDs from internationally reputed universities of USA, Europe, Australia, and Singapore. The faculty composition is also enriched by the presence of two Visiting Professors from USA.

Small student-teacher ratio and close mentoring of students, both in the class room as well as in the field, ensure high-quality social science training, with prospects for advanced degrees and interesting careers in the development sectors and elsewhere. The Anthropology program thus offers the following:

  • Intensive course work covering theoretical advances and practical experiences
  • Extensive field work
  • Research with faculty members
  • Internship with research organizations and NGOs
  • Participation in workshops and conferences
  • Career planning advice for graduate studies and for employment opportunities.

The Minors in Anthropology and Sociology will help students integrate the theoretical knowledge gained in other undergraduate majors with a deeper understanding of the greater social and development contexts as well as develop analytical and writing skills. Minors in Anthropology and Sociology provide a better liberal arts grounding for students that give them a competitive edge in the job market. Dr. Shahidur Rahman, Associate Professor (shahidur[at][dot]bd), is the Coordinator of Anthropology and Sociology Program.

Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE)

The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) degree aim of creating highly competent economics professionals for serving in the private and public sectors of the country. A key feature of the programme is the importance it attaches to the application of economic tools in practical settings. It thus aims to strike a balance between theory and practice.

The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) degree is designed to:

  • Learn and apply economics tools in practical settings
  • Strike a balance between theory and practice
  • Create highly competent economic professionals
  • Serve in the private and public sectors

After completion of a core component consisting of graduate level microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods and econometrics, students will have the option of concentrating in one of three key fields, namely:

  • Econometrics
  • Financial Economics
  • Public Policy

The fields on offer have been chosen on the basis of a considered appreciation of the job market and feedback from potential employers regarding the set of skills they would like to see in their employees. On completion of the programme, graduates can expect to engage in careers in banks, development agencies, think-tanks and other financial organizations such as leasing, insurance, non-governmental organizations and international agencies. Completion of the core component of the programme should provide a satisfactory grounding in the requisite theory that will enable students to carry on to the PhD level if they be so inclined.
The curriculum is offered by a highly qualified and dedicated faculty body within the department, supplemented by faculty and experts from other universities or institutions from home or abroad. Professor Mohammed Ali Rashid is the Coordinator of Economics Master’s Program ([at][dot]bd).

Chairperson: Professor ATM Nurul Amin
E-mail: amin.atmn[at][dot]bd
Departmental Coordination Officer (DCO): Mr. Chandan Roy (chroy[at][dot]bd)