North Central College - Naperville, IL

Economics

Why choose economics at North Central College?

Working closely with our well-respected faculty, you’ll develop not only your quantitative skills but also your reasoning and decision-making skills. Using examples from today’s headlines to evaluate the theories that affect public policy and market forces, you’ll discover how best to draw conclusions from data and present your findings convincingly. This careful training will serve you well in virtually any career, since thoughtful decision makers are always in demand.

You can also:

  • Collaborate with powerhouse professors recognized as teaching fellows for their excellence in teaching.
  • Visit the nearby Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange and Federal Reserve.
  • Apply for competitive internships and job opportunities arranged through faculty and alumni networks or through our Career Development office.
  • Join student organizations like the Bulls and Bears finance club, which arrange networking events and guest speakers.

News

North Central College’s Mock Trial team wins third-place trophy at the annual Bradley University Mock Trial Invitational, three students win top awards.
Doh-Khul Kim, associate professor and chair of economics and finance
Doh-Khul Kim, North Central College associate professor and chair of economics and finance, published an article in Journal of Business and Economic Studies.
Riad Ismat
North Central College welcomes Riad Ismat as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year as visiting professor of arts and letters.

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Internships

  • Research analyst, Waddell and Reed, Naperville
  • Retirement planning, Northwestern Mutual, Lombard, IL
  • Intern, finance department, OfficeMax, Naperville
  • Chicago climate exchange regulatory extern, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Chicago
  • Operations intern, Evergreen Private Bank, Oak Brook, IL
  • Criminal investigator, DuPage County Public Defender’s Office, Wheaton, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent gradates in economics have been accepted at:

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Careers

Recent graduates in economics include:

  • Systems analyst, Accenture
Economics major

Curt wanted a college that offered flexibility and opportunity. He found both at North Central.  

The College’s trimester schedule made possible a yearlong internship at a nearby Fortune 500 company. One of his professors helped secure the internship with a personal recommendation. “Many of the faculty members spend significant time outside of academia which makes them viable resources for career advice and professional development.”

Curt landed a second internship at a prestigious investment firm, which is a recruitment program for the company. His fellow interns hailed from Yale, Princeton, Northwestern and other big universities.

“The internship included networking opportunities, a...

Economics major

When she arrived at North Central, Claudia knew she wanted international travel to be part of her college experience. By her senior year, she had logged 63 weeks of study abroad. She spent much of her time overseas immersed in economics research, and during one of her trips she began to ponder the significance of the free movement of people between countries that ultimately became the basis of a Fulbright Grant research proposal.

Claudia’s proposal was one of 11 chosen for work in the European Union. Just 36 hours after hearing this good news, she learned that she’d also won a second prestigious award–the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, which funds a two-year master’s degree in economy, state and...

Economics major

Yen no longer considers her North Central professors her college mentors.

“They’re my life mentors,” says the Vietnam native. “They've given me so much valuable advice about my career, but they also build personal connections that I’ll cherish forever. They care about my country and my culture and listen to my personal stories. These are relationships that won’t go away after I graduate—that’s what makes North Central so strong.”

Yen dreams of becoming the chief strategic officer of a startup or multinational company. She’s studying economics, finance and global studies to prepare.

“North...

Economics

To prepare for a career in economics, Miguel traveled beyond the country’s borders.

Miguel went to Guatemala the summer of his sophomore year to conduct a directed study with Matthew Krystal, associate professor of anthropology. He helped produce five documentary films related to economic anthropology. He traveled to Brazil the following year, researching the economic impact of soccer’s 2014 World Cup.

“I spoke with people from all economic levels and found many different reactions,” he says. “Researching the event and learning about the culture was extremely valuable to my future career.”

On campus, Miguel is co-president of the International Club, where he helps host global awareness...

Economics major

It’s easy to discover Edvard’s interests. From the International Club, Finance Club and Student Governing Association, where he served as comptroller, Edvard is all things international and economics. Originally from Haiti, Edvard tutors French, studies German, and speaks Creole, Spanish, French and English.

He secured a Richter independent study grant from North Central to travel to Bhutan, a small country between India and China, to conduct research about gross national happiness (GNH), an economic and anthropological analysis of happiness. He observed everyday Bhutanese culture and conducted formal interviews with scholars and government officials to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the GNH...