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Economics Department

A major that provides a worldwide perspective and a broad range of career possibilities, Economics is a social science that studies the decision-making process of individuals, firms, and governments on allocating scarce resources in order to satisfy unlimited wants. Microeconomics focuses on the behavior of consumers and firms; macroeconomics on the behavior of the aggregate economy. Northern’s Economics Department offers a variety of courses that allow students to apply the economic way of thinking to fields such as, health, banking, law, sports, labor, and the environment; and emphasizes relevancy to current regional, national, and international issues.

Experience learning

At Northern, we strongly believe in learning by doing. With guidance from caring, engaged instructors, you will be challenged to “think on your feet,” developing strong critical thinking skills such as problem solving, analyzing data, adapting ideas and recognizing relevant connections. You will also strengthen your research, writing and oral communication skills—all critical tools for a 21st century global citizen.The demand for employees with a knowledge of economics is projected to grow faster than the average of other occupations.

Career excellence

Economics graduates acquire the analytical tools to pursue a wide a variety of careers such as, banking, business, finance, foreign affairs, government, health administration, labor relations, law, marketing, media, politics, public administration, real estate, research analysis, sales and more. Students that want to pursue graduate studies in Economics should take advantage as much as possible of the variety of upper level courses the department offers as well as advanced courses in mathematics and statistics.

... for students with a major or minor in economics. Look at what some of our alumni are doing. Brian Meehan just graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Florida State University and is starting a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at Berry College. Andrea Mashak obtained her J.D. degree at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Since 2010, she has been a general practice attorney in Iron Mountain at Finch Law, P.C. Learn more about the “Your Wealth” lecture series at <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/yourwealth/">nmu.edu/yourwealth</a>.The ESA at NMU provides students of all majors the opportunity to learn more about the field of economics. <a href= "http://www.nmu.edu/economics/">Learn more about NMUHe was a member of ESA and the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. Received the Economic Club of Marquette Community Service Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Poster Award, the Detroit Regional Chamber Emerging Leaders Scholarship. He was the Business Development Representative at Lake Superior Community Partnership. He is the Demand Planner at RTI Surgical, founding member of the Career & Technical Education Committee of Marquette & Alger, and President of the Economic Club of Marquette

Degrees Offered

Bachelor Degree

What you'll do at NMU

As an NMU student, your opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community are boundless. Economics students play an active role in the work of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, including researching and working with K-12 schools. They also assist the Sam M. Cohodas Professor for economic development in the Upper Peninsula and do rural studies research. Students are encouraged to attend and present at regional and national professional conferences. The Economics Department brings national economic expert speakers to campus. Join the NMU Economics Student Association and organize campus wide forums and presentations or tutor area youth in economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship concepts.

Economics Departmentecon@nmu.edu906-227-2220

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit