North Central College - Naperville, IL

Student Opportunities

Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your education.

You’ll have opportunities to add to your understanding of your major both inside and outside the classroom by taking advantage of these special opportunities.

Double majors
The economics degree is a flexible major that complements majors (and minors) in other disciplines. With only 8 courses required for the B.A., you’ll have ample opportunity to take additional courses in other areas of interest. If you’re interested in law school, for example, you might want to consider economics along with a political science major. If you’re considering graduate school in economics, think about a math major or minor. If you’re majoring in finance, you can acquire an economics major with as few as two additional courses.

Internships
To gain that edge that will place you ahead of others, consider an internship in the local area. Our location in the “Silicon Prairie,” and only a 45-minute train ride from Chicago, offers extraordinary opportunities for internships with large companies, government agencies, and everything in between. Recent graduates have interned at such places as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the City of Naperville, Merrill Lynch and Harris Bank.

Independent Study
To pursue an area outside the courses already available, you can design your own research project with a professor in the department. Faculty are available and eager to assist you in developing ideas and conducting your independent research. Recent graduates have participated in the Richter Fellowship Program that provides funding for study all over the world--or right in our backyard.

Omicron Delta Epsilon
The National Honor Society in Economics, ODE is one of the world's largest academic honor societies.  From its inception in 1963, the Society has sought to confer suitable honors on promising economics students, to encourage scholarship, and to facilitate closer academic and social relationships between students and faculty on an informal basis.

Financial Management Association National Honor Society
The FMA  National Honor Society recognizes scholastic achievement through induction of students who have demonstrated superior scholarship.  Individuals accepted for membership have the distinction of belonging to the ONLY international honorary which specifically recognizes the achievement of finance students and demonstrates their expertise in areas such as financial economics and decision making.

NCC Bulls & Bears Finance Club
If you are majoring in either Finance or Economics or minoring in Finance, consider joining this extremely active club. This group provides a way to find out more about careers in finance, network with other finance and economics students, get to know faculty better, and network with professionals in the real world.

Enactus - (formerly Students in Free Enterprise)
Do you want to be part of one of the most consistently successful student groups in the nation? Then join North Central’s award-winning SIFE team and develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise.