Economics - General Economics
Economics is the study of how to critically evaluate problems and make well-reasoned decisions. As such, the Economics major is particularly well suited to prepare students for the career challenges in the 21st century by helping them develop important skills, including the ability to apply a general framework of analysis for solving real-world problems, conduct mathematical and statistical analysis, work with data to address specific issues, and effectively communicate, in written and oral form, with others.
A student can earn either a B.S. or a B.A. degree in Economics. The major offers students the flexibility to select a set of courses that simultaneously satisfy the requirements of the major while focusing on a specific area such as business or pre-law. The curriculum is highlighted by a senior project required of Economics majors that gives each student an opportunity to work with an individual faculty member on a research project selected by the student.
The requirement of 33 hours allows the flexibility to consider a second major or minor as a way to expand your career possibilities and distinguish yourself from your peers. The list of majors students most frequently combine with Economics includes Business Administration, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Political Science.
Point of Pride
The Department of Economics hosts a local chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), an honor society for recognizing scholastic attainment and outstanding achievements of students in economics. Members enjoy closer academic and professional relationships with faculty and free online access to The American Economist.
Why study Economics - General Economics?
The Economics major develops three skills: logical thought used in solving problems, observation and inference from data, and presenting ideas in compelling writing and speech. A degree in Economics provides students with the flexibility to adapt in a changing environment and take advantage of new opportunities. Majoring in Economics is excellent preparation for a variety of careers and occupations. Individuals who wish to be competitive in today's job market need to be ready and able to adapt as our economy evolves and grows.
Graduates of the Economics program have pursued a variety of careers, including entry-level business/management, sales, data processing, staff analysis and research, and teaching. An undergraduate degree in Economics is also excellent preparation for students who plan to pursue graduate-level studies in economics, business, and law.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing periodfor freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!