Economics Helps to Make Sense of a Complex World
With the recent turmoil in world markets, an understanding of economics has never been more important. Whether you are interested in understanding the role of the Federal Reserve in stimulating the economy, the influence of exchange rate policy on domestic economic growth, or the best way to motivate companies to reduce pollution levels in cities, economics provides you with the theories and the tools needed to analyze these complex issues. The Department of Economics has an undergraduate program that will prepare you for a meaningful career in the public or private sectors. We offer undergraduate majors in both the College of Business and also the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in Economics can complete the Master of Science in Applied Economics degree with just one additional year of study.
A Focus on the Application of Economics
Economics is a social science with a strong theoretical foundation. But economics is also a behavioral science with many practical applications. The Economics faculty is committed to firmly grounding our students in the fundamentals of economic theory and demonstrating the many ways that economics can be applied to understand and to model complex business problems.
Given our focus on applied learning, our students are well-prepared to begin and advance their careers in business, public policy and advanced study in law, economics or other related fields. Those choosing a business career have found jobs in top global companies including GE, American Express, Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Accenture, AC Nielsen and many others. Those students who prefer to work in public policy have found jobs at the federal, state and local levels of government, or in public utilities or nonprofits.
The department actively engages current undergraduate and graduate students with our alumni in various networking events and we also encourage our students to pursue internship opportunities. Our Center for Global and Economic Studies brings numerous speakers to campus who typically meet with students during their visits to Marquette. Finally, the Marquette Economics Association, our student organization, meets bi-weekly throughout the academic year and has a very active agenda.