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Economics offers a unique way of examining individual and social behavior, often called the "economic way of thinking."  The study of economics provides powerful and surprising insights into many social issues such as discrimination, crime, poverty, welfare, education, income inequality, and environmental degradation. Economists study how markets work and analyze the behavior of business organizations. They also investigate the forces and trends that influence our standard of living, the fraction of the population that cannot find work, and the rate at which prices rise.

The economics major at Otterbein balances theory and application. Real-life experience is well integrated in all courses and comes from local, national, and international scenes.

Otterbein offers both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degree in economics. These degree prepares you to pursue many excellent and rewarding employment opportunities in private, public, and nonprofit sectors of the economy. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree in economics offers a solid preparation for graduate education, not only in economics, but also in law, political science, all areas of business, and disciplines with an international focus.

Careers in Economics

Careers in economics are varied, and may include: economic consulting, labor/trade organizations, business consulting, banking, insurance, international business, financial planning and analysis, federal, state, and local governments, nonprofit organizations, Federal Reserve system, politics, and education.

Many recent Otterbein graduates who have majored in economics are employed with private consulting companies and businesses in Ohio. Others have found employment in the public sector and with labor/trade organizations. Some of our recent graduates have pursued graduate degrees in economics and law at various universities.

Preparing You to STAND Out for Life

We believe that a well-rounded liberal arts education combined with the technical skills obtained from an economics major will best equip the student to maximize their career and individual potential upon graduation. Students develop their social and communication skills, including reading, writing, listening and speaking through a variety of liberal art studies, and by participating in classroom discussions, composing business documents, participating in team activities, giving oral reports, and multiple assignments.  Students are always encouraged and coached in a way that strengthens student skill development and student self-assessment and resulting confidence.


Economics Minor

A minor in economics is considered an excellent complement to other majors such as Business Administration, Accounting, International Studies, and Political Science. A minor requires 20 semester credit hours. As part of the minor, you must take the following courses: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis, Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis, and an economics elective course.

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  • Dr. Don Eskew

    Department Chair/Professor
    Roush Hall 413
    p/ 614.823.1212
    e/ deskew@otterbein.edu
  • Allison M. de Nijs

    Academic Administrative Assistant
    Roush Hall 419
    p/ 614.823.1310
    e/ denijs1@otterbein.edu