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Why we make certain decisions.

The field of economics covers topics ranging from making sound business decisions to tackling some of society's most challenging social issues. Economics students learn to think critically about how choices are made in the presence of scarcity.

  • 100%

    of majors complete a language requirement

  • 100%

    of students complete a capstone experience

  • 100%

    of majors are advised by an assistant dean

A High-Quality Education

Career Paths A Broad Education Experiential Learning Opportunities

Economics is a social science and an important component of a well-rounded education. The major provides a useful background for students interested in careers in public policy, business or finance.

In collaboration with the School of Business Administration, required courses include microeconomics and macroeconomics, a senior seminar in applied economics and five additional economics electives. Supporting courses in calculus and statistics prepare you for the quantitative nature of economics.

Economics major Ryan Greensfelder joined 212 university students in the U.S. and abroad in the 2021-2022 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. The fellowship is a yearlong program of Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides training and resources to nurture student assets and passions that help drive social change. Ryan believes his economic studies have paved the way for his success in receiving this fellowship.

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Visit Campus

Interested in learning more about economics? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2611. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

Featured Programs and Initiatives

Dean's Summer Fellowship Program

Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

Stander Symposium

An annual campus-wide forum to showcase academic excellence and recognize student learning through faculty-mentored undergraduate research, scholarship and artistic accomplishment.


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