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We make choices every day, both in our personal and professional lives. Economics is the study of how individuals, businesses and societies make decisions and their resulting implications. Majoring in economics provides you with coherent framework to analyze why specific choices are made, how choices should be made and their resulting effects. Courses emphasize critical thinking, conceptualizing and solving problems and understanding and analyzing data in decision-making.
 

DONALD R. WILLIAMS, PH.D.

Department Chair for Economics
dwilliam@kent.edu
330-672-2366

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Why Economics?

The skills developed in economics are highly valued in every sector by employers and entrepreneurs and, therefore, graduates rank nationally among the very top in terms of salary and career advancement. An economics major is also excellent preparation for graduate school, whether you are considering business, law or public policy.

Career and Major Fact Sheet (PDF)


Degrees

The major, minor or M.A. in Economics provides you with excellent career opportunities and is superb preparation for graduate students. You develop valued skills in small class settings and are able select courses suited to your interests, chosen from a wide range of topics.

ECONOMICS MAJOR - BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

The Economics major develops a student's quantitative and analytical skills through rigorous coursework and application to issues prevalent throughout global business and society. The major prepares students for employment in the financial, industrial, service and government sectors of the economy, as well as graduate study in economics, law and business.

ECONOMICS MAJOR (B.A.) PROGRAM DETAILS

ECONOMICS MAJOR (B.B.A.) PROGRAM DETAILS

ECONOMICS MINOR

A minor in Economics requires only four courses, selected by you according to your interests, beyond Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics. With the analytical skills you develop, an economics minor is an excellent complement to almost any major.

ECONOMICS MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Data Analytics Minor

A minor in Data Analytics is excellent preparation for analyst positions across all sectors of the economy, and is an excellent complement to many majors throughout the university.

DATA ANALYTICS MINOR REQUIREMENTS

M.A. IN ECONOMICS

Graduate education is increasingly important in the modern workforce, providing higher salaries and more opportunities for career advancement. Our M.A. in Economics offers two tracks, Financial Economics and Economic Analysis. Both are built upon core courses in economic theory as well as econometrics and data analysis.

M.A. IN ECONOMICS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

M.A. IN ECONOMICS: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

COMBINED BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION/MASTER OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF ARTS/MASTER OF ARTS

We offer a combined BBA/MA or BA/MA program which allows you to take MA courses as an undergraduate which count towards both the BA/BBA in Economics and the MA in Economics. This allows you to earn a graduate degree in less time and have the advantages of higher starting salaries and additional career opportunities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Economics SCHOLARSHIPS

As an Economics major or graduate student, you may use an internship as credit for the major. If you are a junior in good standing and meet the minimum cumulative and major GPA requirements, you may be eligible to receive credit. Talk to your advisor or visit the College of Business Administration Career Services Office for more information.

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Economics INTERNSHIPS

As an Economics major or graduate student, you may use an internship as credit for the major. If you are a junior in good standing and meet the minimum cumulative and major GPA requirements, you may be eligible to receive credit. Talk to your advisor or visit the College of Business Administration Career Services Office for more information.

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Faculty/Staff Directory

Shawn Rohlin is an Associate Professor of Economics.His research specialties are in Urban, Public and Labor Economics. Specifically, his research studies how government policies impact local economic factors, such as business location decisions. He received the Junior Scholar Award from the Lincoln Land Institute in 2011. In 2012, he received the David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation. His research has won the "Most Outstanding Paper" in 2011 for Public Finance Review. 

FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY


Faculty Research

The economics department faculty members are actively engaged in research and publication in top economics journals. Click below for a listing of publications in the past 5 years.

VIEW ECONOMICS RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS (PDF)


Student Organizations

  • STUDENT ECONOMIST ASSOCIATION

    The Student Economist Association (SEA) provides an environment that facilitates academic achievement and interaction among students, alumni and professionals in the economic community. The goals of The SEA are: to provide a forum to discuss economic issues related to business, government and public policy; to better develop your leadership, communication and analytical abilities; and to provide you opportunities to socialize with other members. 

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STUDENT ECONOMIST ASSOCIATION

  • OMICRON DELTA EPSILON

    Omicron Delta Epsilon is the International Honor Society in Economics. This organization has more than 400 chapters throughout the world and offers you opportunities to activities such as invited speakers, group discussions, dinners, meetings and special projects.

    VIEW THE OMICRON DELTA EPSILON REQUIREMENTS


Advisory Board

  • The Economics advisory board helps guide and develop curriculum and programs. For more information, contact the Department Chair Donald R. Williams.
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Contact Us

  • ECONOMICS OFFICE
    Phone: 330-672-2366
    Fax: 330-672-9808
    480 Business Administration Building
    economics@kent.edu

    JOAN MAROLD,
    ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

    330-672-2366
    jmarold@kent.edu

    ECONOMICS DEPARTMENT
    330-672-2366
    economics@kent.edu

  • MAILING ADDRESS
    College of Business Administration
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent State University
    Kent, OH 44242

    DONALD WILLIAMS, PH.D.,
    ECONOMICS CHAIR

    330-672-2366
    dwilliam@kent.edu