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Business Economics

Why pursue a business economics degree at North Central College?

Business economics professionals have an eye for working in corporations, the government, or financial sector, specifically focusing on business cycles. Economists are highly numeric individuals involved in researching and analyzing data, producing forecasts, and presenting reports. This program is designed to give you a comprehensive business core as well as widely transferrable analytic and problem-solving skills which boost employability in a variety of corporate jobs. At North Central, you’ll work closely with faculty to develop not only your quantitative skills but also reasoning and decision-making skills. You will discover how best to draw conclusions from data, evaluating theories that affect public policy and market forces. This training will serve you well in careers such as economic consultant, financial risk analyst and data analyst. As a thoughtful decision maker, your economic skillset will always be in demand in the business world.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN

  • Researching and analyzing economic data, issues and trends on markets and business cycles
  • Producing economic forecasts and reports
  • Advising corporate clients on policy or business strategy

then a degree in BUSINESS ECONOMICS might be for you.

Why study business economics at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • 11-course comprehensive business core (including Corporate Finance, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting)
  • Econometrics
  • Environmental Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Industrial Organization & Public Policy
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • International Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Sports Economics

Beyond the Classroom

As a business economics major you can:

  • Simulate trading and access thousands of proprietary reports in the Bloomberg Finance Lab, equipped with ten dual-monitor workstations, Bloomberg Terminal software, and Bloomberg’s unique keyboards.
  • Become “Bloomberg certified” by completing a series of advanced financial modules in our Bloomberg Finance Lab.
  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Join student organizations like the Invisible Hand Economics Club, which arranges networking events and guest speakers.
  • Visit the nearby Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange and Federal Reserve.
  • Work with local schools through the Center for Financial Literacy.
  • Research your interests alongside faculty and present your findings on campus or at national conferences.

We also offer an MBA program for graduate students who are interested in deepening their education and skills in business administration. Our MBA business program is open to students with any undergraduate degree. This means that their bachelor's degree does not have to be related to business in order for them to apply to this graduate program.

Business Economics, B.B.A.

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree is most appropriate for students planning to seek entry level careers in all business areas who desire both a strong foundation in economic theory as well as broad exposure to all areas of business including accounting, finance, management and marketing.

Common SBE Core

Economics Courses

Internships

Recent graduates in economics have served as:

  • Research analyst, Waddell and Reed, Naperville
  • Public Finance Intern, Robert W. Baird and Company
  • Intern, Professional Liability Area, USLI Insurance
  • Retirement planning, Northwestern Mutual, Lombard, Ill.
  • Intern, finance department, OfficeMax, Naperville
  • Intern, Siegfried Investment Fund, LLC
  • Chicago climate exchange regulatory extern, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Chicago
  • Intern, International Credit Risk Management, Northern Trust

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in economics have been accepted at:

  • Clemson University
  • Depaul University
  • Indiana University School of Law
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Marquette University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Valparaiso University
  • Vanderbilt University

Careers

Recent graduates in economics include:

  • Consultant, NFP Insurance Solutions
  • Market intelligence analyst, Portland Cement Association
  • Financial analyst, Gallagher Bassett
  • Associate Wealth Management Advisor, Spahn Financial Pricing Analyst, Hub Group
  • Data Analytics Specialist, MB Financial