• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study



Ripon College offers a major and minor in economics. Other economic topics, often of the student’s own choosing, may be pursued in a seminar or in an independent study project supervised by a member of the department faculty.

The Ripon College economics department engages and supports students in critically evaluating economic theories, data and policies, and solving problems of resource use that arise in life, work and citizenship at home and abroad. Economic majors often attend graduate school, law school or business school. Majors who choose to work immediately upon graduation may find employment in financial institutions, manufacturing corporations, consulting firms, and state and federal agencies.

The program is designed to provide structure and flexibility, analytical tools and applications, concentration and diversity. Students move through three levels of study, each building in depth and variety.

After a year of learning essential economic principles and their applications, students proceed to a more in-depth study of economic theory at the intermediate level. At the same time, they may examine a number of applied fields, such as money and the banking system; financial operations of corporations; natural resources and pollution control; salaries, profits and pricing in professional sports; uses of economic analysis in making business decisions; and economic change in developing countries around the world.

In their advanced work, economics students apply the understanding and experience they have already gained to examining such areas as the historical development of economic thinking, the process of economic growth and development over the long term, and the nature and causes of the flows of commodities and capital among nations.

Program Spotlight


Paul Shoofs

Paul Schoofs

Professor of Economics, Patricia Parker Francis Professor of Economics, Director of Business Management

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Soren Hauge

Soren Hauge

John Barlow Murray ’37 and Nellie Weiss Murray ’37 Professor in Economics, Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator

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Requirements for a major in economics: ECO 211 and 212, 350, 311 or 352,
and 481 or 482; MTH 120; six more credits of economics courses numbered above
400; and seven more credits of economics courses numbered 300 or above, not
including ECO 313. Students may include either ECO 361 or 461, but not both.
Students anticipating graduate study for master’s or doctoral degrees in economics,
business, public policy, health administration, and many other professional fields
should take additional courses in statistics, calculus and linear algebra.

Requirements for a teaching major in economics: BSA 131; ECO 211 and 212,
311, 350, 352, 452, and 481; one of the following: ECO 332, 342, 361, 412, 461,
472, 482 or 500; and HIS 401.

Requirements for an economics minor: at least 19 credits. ECO 211 and 212;
350 or 352; seven additional credits of economic courses numbered 300 or above,
not including ECO 313.

Requirements for a teaching minor in economics: ECO 211 and 212, and 14
additional credit hours chosen from 311, 332, 342, 350, 352, 361, 412, 452, 461,
472, 481, 482, or 500; and HIS 401.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Likewise, Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

An undergraduate degree in economics prepares you for careers in a variety of fields, including but not limited to: banking and finance, government, insurance, management, education, sales and academia.

Recent graduates of our program work for:

  • Accenture
  • American Express Property & Casualty
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Bucyrus International
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Epic Systems Coporation
  • GE Healthcare
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • US Bank
  • Wells Fargo Bank

Job titles of recent graduates include:

  • Senior analyst
  • Underwriter
  • Personal banker
  • Business banker
  • Attorney
  • Commercial banker
  • Compensation analyst
  • Credit analyst
  • General manager
  • Investment manager
  • Stock broker

Off-Campus Study

Chicago, Washington, D.C., or…

In addition to internships in areas of special interest, Ripon economics majors study abroad in Europe, Costa Rica, Argentina, Japan, China, India, Botswana and other countries around the world. Other students choose an urban studies semester in Chicago or an economic policy semester in Washington, D.C. The department offers Liberal Arts In Focus experiences, such as a trip to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, China, led by two Ripon economics professors, to witness China’s remarkable economic growth and study Chinese history, culture, arts and language.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.