If you choose an economics degree at Central College, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of economic theory—and how to apply it to contemporary issues. You’ll have many opportunities to study the economic decision-making behavior of individuals, firms, nations and other economic groups.
Central’s economics program offers you a strong foundation for countless career options. Many economics majors enter the business world, working in banking, finance or actuarial fields. Others begin careers in the public arena, working with such agencies as the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Federal Reserve. Also, Central economics majors have a spotless track record of admittance into graduate school—many acquire graduate degrees in economics, law, business or public administration.
In today's competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. Many students turn their internship into employment after graduation.
Economics majors take courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, plus a minimum of five additional courses at the 300-400 level.
Students are encouraged to study at one of Central’s international centers and/or in the Chicago program and to extend their education beyond the classroom through internships and other co-curricular activities on campus.
Learn more about Economics in the course catalog.
Graham Lemke, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Donald T. Butler Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance
Tuan Nguyen, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include: health economics, labor economics and the economics of risky behavior
Uwaoma Nwaogu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: international trade and finance, monetary economics and labor economics
Brian Peterson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development, interest areas include: public finance, econometrics and economic education
Jaclyn Rundle, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business Management, interest areas include: nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise certification methods
Maggie Schlerman, B.A., M.Acc., C.P.A. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include: financial accounting and analysis, strategic planning, international accounting and corporate social responsibility
Jessica Schuring, B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: microeconomics, health economics, labor economics, environmental economics, development economics and economics of discrimination
Julie Summers, Lecturer of Management and Marketing
The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the department of economics, accounting and management, department of sociology and anthropology and department of modern languages.
The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes state-of-the-art technologies, a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Economics majors are encouraged to study abroad because in an increasingly global economy, employers want to hire graduates who have a larger world perspective. Nearly 60% of economics students study abroad!
Wallace Spencer Stepenske ’64 may be one of the stealthiest major donors in the college’s history.
Steve Van Wyk ’81 will speak at Central’s 2019 commencement ceremony Saturday, May 18.
The public is invited to join Central College faculty presenters to explore questions about community and other topics throughout the academic year.