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 many 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, many students go on to acquire graduate degrees in economics, law, business and public administration.
OF MAJORS ARE ADMITTED INTO THEIR FIRST- OR SECOND-CHOICE GRAD SCHOOL
100% of economics grads are employed within six months; 90% require the use of quantitative analysis
85% of majors who seek graduate school attend law school or study public administration
The Real World
Greg Foote ’09, assistant vice president, retail performance coach, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Des Moines
Jordan Waddell ’11, product analyst, Brokers International, Des Moines
Katie Huff ’11, bilingual settlement auditor at John Deere Financial, Des Moines
Kevin McQuerry ’12, business analyst, American Equity Investment Life, Des Moines
Shivani Kharbanda ’13, economic and risk analyst, Vermeer Corp., Pella
Anna Dickerson ’14, operations analyst, Wells Fargo, Des Moines
Andrew Harvey ’15, lease processing specialist, John Deere Financial, Des Moines
Jared Nepomuceno ’16, fixed indexed annuity modeler, Transamerica, Cedar Rapids
Product analyst, Brokers International, Panora
Senior vice president and director of quantitative research, Envestnet Asset Management, Chicago
Management and program analyst, United States Dept. of the Treasury: Bureau of Fiscal Service, Kansas City
Associate professor of economics, University of Toledo, Ohio
Head of fund management, Sammons Financial Group, Des Moines
Trade and industry analyst, U.S. Department of Commerce
Associate, Hardwick Day, Minneapolis
Actuary, IMT Insurance, Des Moines
Tax analyst, Second Story Software, Cedar Rapids
Omicron Delta Epsilon (international honor society in economics)
EAM Club (economics, accounting and management)
Drake University, law
University of Oregon, Ph.D., economics
George Washington University, master in public administration
Iowa State University, Ph.D., economics
The University of Iowa, law
University of Chicago, master in public administration
In today's competitive job market, proven experience is a priceless commodity. Many students turn their internship into employment after graduation.
Policy intern, Senator Charles Grassley’s Des Moines office
Financial Architects, Pella
Transamerica, Cedar Rapids
Policy intern, Senator Tom Harkin’s Des Moines office
Courses & Faculty
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.
Graham Lemke, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Donald T. Butler Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance
Uwaoma Nwaogu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include international trade and finance, monetary economics and labor economics
Brian Peterson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Economics, 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
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Computer science course
Quantitative Methods in Business and Economics
Upper-level economics courses
Upper-level economics courses
Economics Research Seminar
The Central Difference
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, Washington, D.C. or New York City. 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!
Finding and landing your first job is an important step. Central makes sure students are fully prepared for the job search through multiple events focusing on search strategies, resume building, interviewing practice and networking skills.
Brian Peterson to be Associate Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Development
Professor of economics Brian Peterson has been appointed associate dean of curriculum and faculty development.
Want to find out more about economics at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.