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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.
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. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. 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. 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.
What can I do with an economics major?
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:
- 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
- Personal banker
- Business banker
- Commercial banker
- Compensation analyst
- Credit analyst
- General manager
- Investment manager
- Stock broker
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