Economics

Economics is a popular discipline for many who pursue professional positions in business, government, and education. At SJC, our Economics program provides students with reasoning, problem-solving, and communication skills that are demanded both by employers and by graduate schools.


SJC alumni return to campus to offer advice on success. One such graduate is Mike Slattery '75 (left), who  spoke to Dr. John Kennedy’s Economics classes.

DEPARTMENT

AVAILABLE DEGREES

BA in Economics (4 year)

TRACKS

- Business Analyst

- Economics Specialist 

Also available as a minor

Why Economics?

  • 1 According to The Princeton Review, “Knowledge of Economics is an indispensable tool for making sense of the intricacies of the modern world.”
  • 2 Economics majors are well prepared both for entry-level positions in business and for graduate programs in business, economics, and law. In fact, Economics majors routinely top the charts with the highest scores on LSAT and GMAT exams.
  • 3 According to the annual survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Economics majors receive average starting salaries well above the average starting salary for college graduates. In fact, Economics majors receive higher starting salaries than most students majoring in other business-related subjects.

Careers in Economics

  • Attorney
  • Broker
  • Business Owner
  • Buyer
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Insurance Agent
  • Marketing Executive
  • Stockbroker

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Harvard University
  • IUPUI

Why Study Economics at Saint Joseph's College?

Variety

As an Economics student at SJC, you can choose from two tracks:

  1. Economic Specialist (traditional Economics major): designed for jobs in industry, government, education, or preparation for graduate school.
  2. Business Analyst: incorporates Business classes and is for students who want to work in business, the financial markets, or plan to get their MBA.

Hands-on Experience

SJC strives to give students a hands-on college experience. Therefore, students studying Economics are given several opportunities to gain experience within their major. For example, Economics students often join the SJC Investment Club, where members manage a portfolio of $10,000 that is part of the College’s endowment.

Dedication to Excellence

As students conclude their SJC experience, all of our Economics students are required to do a community-based seminar project during their senior year.  Examples include an examination of the US steel industry and its consequences on the city of Gary, Ind. and a market analysis study of the city of Rensselaer's potential for economic growth.

Faculty and Class Size

The Economics professors bring both academic expertise and real-world experience with them into the classroom. Beyond the principle courses, Economics students study in comfortable classroom settings with approximately 10 other students.

Clayton Marrs SPIF

Clayton Marrs '15

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Accounting & Economics

 

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.