Do you have an analytical nature? Are you a persistent problem solver and precise with details? Studying economics at St. Kate's will stimulate your thinking about the United States' economy and also its relationship to the other economies of the world. St. Kate's offers majors in economics, financial economics, and international business and economics — and minors in economics, financial economics and finance.
— Deep Shikha, economics professor
Our program emphasizes the development of analytical abilities and a global perspective. We also look at issues through a social justice lens. You'll talk about the diamond trade and the controversies that surround it, for example, when we address international trade. You'll study discrimination and how it affects a country's fiscal well being in our "Economics of Race and Gender" course.
The economics department is one of the most diverse at St. Kate's. Our faculty members have lived and studied at universities around the world, including India and Iran. Their unique experiences will deepen your understanding of multicultural business etiquette and expand your views on many subjects.
Economics majors have combined their education with other areas of interest, such as accounting, business administration, mathematics, sales and political science, to bring a more specialized set of skills to the workplace. Student Dawn Vang paired her double major in financial economics and accounting with study abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea.
Increase your competitiveness for future job openings and graduate school through paid, professional positions in the department — such as tutors (statistical analysis, macroeconomics and microeconomics) and economics research assistants.
Alumna and Fulbright Scholar Jordyn Arndt, for example, was a research assistant. She collaborated with Professor Deep Shikha to evaluate the impact of a life–skills education program on women's livelihood and empowerment in Mewat, India. She traveled to the Asian country for data collection and co–wrote a report for journal publication.
St. Kate's faculty relish discussions and student presentations, and they encourage critical thinking and writing in class and on your own. Case studies are based on real–life businesses or situations in the United States and around the world so you understand application, not just theory. If you major in financial economics, you'll share the findings of your capstone course with the University community in a senior research presentation or lecture.
St. Kate's economics faculty members are outstanding teachers, published authors and respected mentors. Their areas of expertise include economic development, environmental economics, monetary economics, interracial economics and health economics. The majority of our professors are women — excellent role models as you develop your career plans.