Why study Economics?
What will an Economics major or minor do for
What majors and minors are offered?
Why should a student
major in Economics at Western?
What are the admission
requirements for the program?
As a high school student,
how should I prepare for an Economics degree?
What is the typical class
How do students work
together with faculty?
What student organizations
Has the department recently
been awarded any grants?
Why Study Economics?
Ever wonder why popcorn is so expensive
at the movies? Or why professional sports stars make
so much money? Or why private school vouchers might
actually increase the resources available to public schools? Economics
can provide answers to these questions and many others. Many
believe that economics is merely the study of business activity,
but it is much more than that. The study of economics
provides a way of thinking, a powerful conceptual framework
that allows economics majors to recognize, interpret and
adapt to change. This flexibility is one of the reasons
why economics is one of the most popular majors among the
nations top one thousand CEO’s, and among the most
What Will An Economics
Major or Minor Do For You?
- Increase your ability to think
- Enhance your job marketability.
- Develop your ability to think theoretically
and apply to practical situations.
- Utilize math and statistical knowledge
in relation to real-world events.
- Develop a deeper understanding
of how individuals interact with
- Become a more intelligent consumer/voter
and minors are offered?
The Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Economics
and a minor in Economics. Many students from other disciplines
choose Economics as their second major.
a student major in Economics at Western?
- Faculty Involvement:
The Economics Department faculty
pride themselves on their accessibility
to students. Their clear
commitment to teaching is evidenced
by the time that they devote to
students, both inside and outside
of the classroom. The over
60 years of combined experience
among the four full-time professors
lends a valuable expertise to the
- Student Research:
At Missouri Western State
University, students have the opportunity
to work with professors while conducting
student research. The Undergraduate
Research Summer Institute (URSI)
and Aspirations, Inc. are both programs
that provide financial assistance
to student researchers. Few
schools in the nation promote undergraduate
student research as aggressively
as Missouri Western.
- Teaching Experience:
Students who demonstrate academic
excellence can also gain valuable
teaching experience by becoming
content tutors and/or Supplemental
the admission requirements for the program?
The admission requirements are the same as those
required by the institution.
As a high
school student, how should I prepare for an Economics degree?
A solid background in Mathematics, Statistics,
History, and Government is ideal, but not necessary. An interest
in current events and reading a daily newspaper or a weekly
news magazine is also beneficial.
the typical class size?
The introductory Economics courses range from
25 to 40 students, while upper level courses generally have
between 15 and 25 students. The department is small and friendly,
with many opportunities for individualized attention to students.
How do students
work together with faculty?
In the Department of Economics, faculty involvement
is our biggest asset. All of the faculty pride themselves on
their accessibility to students, and their clear commitment
to teaching is evidenced by the time devoted to students, both
inside and outside the classroom.
Students also have the opportunity to work with
faculty on research projects, especially in the summer through
the Undergraduate Research Summer Institute and the Summer
Research Institute. When students declare a major in Economics,
they are assigned an advisor who will closely monitor their
progress toward a degree. The department is small enough for
all faculty members to get to know the students and to take
a keen interest in their education and careers.
organizations are available?
The Economics Department sponsors an active Economics
Club and a chapter of Omicron
Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in Economics.
department recently been awarded any grants?
Last fall, a faculty member applied for a grant from
the state of Missouri to mentor two students to develop an
economic forecasting model for use by local businesses. The
grant was funded for two years.