Economics major

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Central’s economics program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of economic theory and empirical analysis. Students acquire the ability to apply economic theory to contemporary issues in the search for solutions to the economic problems facing all of us in our daily lives. Economics faculty members, though different in learning approaches, actively involve students in the learning process, offering them a hands-on approach to understanding economics. Many Central economics majors enter the business world upon graduation; others begin careers in the public arena, working with such agencies as the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board. In addition, many students go on to acquire graduate degrees in business, economics and public administration. Central's economics department maintains its own website with even more information about majoring in economics.



News about Economics

Exploring Probability and Risk

Amanda Dunkin '14 found her niche after double majoring in actuarial science and economics and interning with Transamerica in Cedar Rapids.

With Honors

Honors students present their year-long senior thesis—a culmination of their work at Central College.

Talk the Vote

Three faculty members from different disciplines analyzed election results on a local radio station.

Numbers, Football and Diamond Rings

Graduating seniors present honors theses on quarterback success and the demographics of marriage.

Continental Crossroads

A specialist in Eurasia, Sarah Frese '09 coordinated the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum before going on to study Russia and Eastern Europe at Georgetown University.


Successful Careers


Looking for experience? An internship might be the answer. When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. In today's competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. Many students turn their internship into employment after graduation. Past internships include:

Learn more about internships at Central.


Sample Schedule

Freshman year

Sophomore year

Junior/Senior years

Get more details from the course catalog! (Note: this is a PDF file)


The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the economics, accounting, business management departments and international education office. The $3.9-million building was completed in 1999 and includes state-of-the-art technologies and a very energy efficient design, including solar panels on the roof. There is a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.

Department Web site

Central’s economics, accounting and business management department maintains its own website with even more information about majoring in economics.


No matter what your interests are, Central has a student group or organization that you'll want to join! Student groups of interest for economics majors include the Economics Club, Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics, and the EAM Club which is open to economics, accounting and management majors.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.