University Facts & Stats
- 94% of economics graduates employed
- 32 Education Abroad programs
- 31% increase in Honors Program enrolled in fall 2013
- 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners
- Top 3% of the most affordable universities in Forbes' "America's Top Colleges" ranking
- Market Research Analyst
- Urban or Regional Planner
- Business Executive
- Economic/Financial Analyst
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Students in the economics major want to influence income levels, employment and pricing systems with their knowledge of the way goods and services are produced and distributed locally and globally. You'll develop the analytical skills to understand private, nonprofit and government influences and help them improve society. You'll study changes in global economics in the last 40 years and their impact on the economic future. You'll learn how to achieve financial, social, and environmental objectives that serve the public interest. As an economics major, you'll be a sought-after candidate for law schools, master of business administration (MBA) programs and doctorate (Ph.D.) programs in economics.
- Small class sizes.
- Fourteen full-time faculty members with doctorates, a passion for economics and diverse teaching and research experience.
- Opportunity to use an economics education as stepping stone into a variety of career fields.
- High earning potential outpacing business and other liberal arts graduates due to high demand for economics skills in the workplace.
- Paid internship opportunities with brokerage firms, banks, government agencies, manufacturing and marketing firms.
- Select classes are available online.
- An annual Winter Institute gathers the best minds on economic issues and draws an audience from across the Midwest. It's hosted such notables as former Federal Reserve Chairman Benjamin Bernanke and Nobel Prize in Economics recipient James Heckman.
- Home of the Center for Economic Education, which aids in the preparation of the "St. Cloud Quarterly Business Report," a quarterly data release that profiles the St. Cloud and Central Minnesota economies.
- Site of the Heartland Economics Challenge quiz bowl for Central Minnesota High School students, which has advanced competitors to the state bowl and the National Economics Challenge.
- Notable alumnus: James Bullard '84 is president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.