Economics is often called the science of rational behavior; it emphasizes formal, systematic and analytical thinking.

Economics

If you’re considering a career in economics, you know this dynamic field is about much more than money. It’s about how people, businesses and nations relate to each other as they use resources to improve well-being.

As a student of economics, you'll become adept in combining quantitative analysis with insight into human behavior, with crunching numbers and weighing cultural factors to better understand societies. As an economist, the issues you investigate – health care, international relations, income inequality and more – are the issues that shape societies.

At St. Norbert, you may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics or economics teaching. You also may pursue a minor in either field. Your economics degree will prepare you to enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies in various disciplines.

An Economics Degree at Work
Because economics enters into nearly every aspect of human interaction, economists find work in a wide range of fields.

Roles that St. Norbert economics alumni have filled include:
  • International trade specialist
  • Attorney
  • Cost analyst
  • Industrial buyer
  • Appraiser
  • Account executive
  • Gallery owner/securities broker
  • Tax consultant
  • Teacher
  • Purchasing agent
  • Trust officer
  • Wage and salary administrator

Leverage Your Economics Degree
As an economics student at St. Norbert, you can apply to gain vital work experience with an internship at the St. Norbert College Center for Economic Analysis.

You also may wish to broaden your global economic perspective through the college’s extensive study-abroad program.

St. Norbert’s relationship with American University in Washington, D.C., lets you participate in policy and international trade seminars and internships through the Washington Semester program. Additionally, you can collaborate with a faculty member on self-directed academic research.

We also have a long track record of sending our best and brightest economics students to Marquette University for graduate studies. The two schools have collaborated on a formal accelerated program designed to enable motivated students to obtain a Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) degree in as little as one extra year, rather than the standard two years.

Your efforts in the St. Norbert economics department may qualify you for awards and scholarships.

Alumnus Perspective

“St. Norbert provided me with a number of amazing experiences, including a semester in London with an internship at the London Stock Exchange, a ‘Semester at Sea’ academic voyage around the world, a 10-day Geography of Mexico field study and a United Nations seminar in New York City. I credit much of my career success to my experiences inside and outside of the classroom at SNC.”

Steve Peterson, AICP ’04
Senior Transportation Planner, SRF Consulting Group, Minneapolis

Faculty Perspective

Sandy Odorzynski, professor of economics, has undertaken a study called “The Economic Impact of St. Norbert College on Brown County, Wis.,” as a sabbatical project. As part of this project, she analyzed internal financial records and used sophisticated research methods to determine the impact the college has on the local economy. Her survey estimates that the college contributes $121.5 million per year to Brown County’s economy. In addition, the survey concludes that the college generates 1,238 local jobs.

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