Wei-Chiao Huang, Chair
Main Office: 5307 Friedman
Telephone: (269) 387-5535
Fax: (269) 387-5637
Matthew L. Higgins
Jon R. Neill
Mark V. Wheeler
Economists study fundamental problems arising from scarcity such as how to manage resources efficiently, how to organize individual and social efforts to improve standards of living, and how to avoid excessive unemployment and inflation. They also apply rational decision-making procedures to complex questions. Economists analyze policies in such specific areas as international trade; money and credit; government finance; industrial organization; labor and other resources; and economic development.
You may select economics as a field of study in order to obtain pre-professional training for business, law, journalism, public administration, foreign service, teaching, and social work; to prepare for graduate work in economics; and/or to gain an understanding of the economy as an essential part of the modern world. Several courses are designed to contribute to General Education by providing basic understanding of the U. S. economy, as well as other economies throughout the world.
A career as a professional economist typically requires graduate study and a master’s or doctoral degree in economics.
Economics is a prestigious major or minor that is appreciated by prospective employers who recognize it as a demanding curriculum. The undergraduate advisor of the department will assist students in selecting courses suited to their needs in fulfilling the minor and major requirements.
Undergraduate students wishing to take 5000-level courses must be of junior or senior standing and have 12 or more credit hours of economics or the approval of the department chairperson.