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 a coherent framework to analyze why specific choices are made, how choices should be made and their resulting effects. Courses emphasize critical thinking, conceptualization and solving problems and understanding and analyzing data in decision-making.
Donald R. Williams, Ph.D.
Department Chair for Economics
The major, minor or Master of Arts 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 to select courses suited to your interests, chosen from a wide range of topics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Combined Bachelor of Business Administration / Master of Arts or Bachelor of Arts / Master of Arts
We offer combined BBA/MA or BA/MA programs, allowing you to take MA courses as an undergraduate which may count towards both the BA/BBA in Economics and the MA in Economics. This allows you to earn a graduate degree in less time, with the advantages of higher starting salaries and additional career opportunities.
Featured Faculty member
Shawn Rohlin is an Associate Professor of Economics. Rohlin’s research specialties are in Urban, Public and Labor Economics. Specifically, he studies how government policies impact local economic factors, such as business location decisions. Rohlin received the Junior Scholar Award from the Lincoln Land Institute, the David C. Lincoln Fellowship in Land Value Taxation and he recently received funding from the Kauffman Foundation to study how local taxation affects entrepreneurship using regression discontinuity design. Rohlin's research has also won the "Most Outstanding Paper" in 2011 for Public Finance Review.
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.
Student Economist Association
The Student Economist Association (SEA) provides an environment that facilitates academic achievement and interaction among students, alumni and professionals in the economics 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.
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.
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The Economics advisory board helps guide and develop curriculum and programs. For more information, contact the Department Chair Donald R. Williams.
Phone: (330) 672-2366
Fax: (330) 672-9808
480 Business Administration Building
College of Business Administration
P.O. Box 5190
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
JOAN MAROLD, ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY
DONALD WILLIAMS, PH.D., ECONOMICS CHAIR