Economic Development at Messiah College
Are you interested in economics? Learning about other cultures? Do you want to help developing communities thrive?
The Bachelor of Arts in Economic Development prepares students to serve populations at home or abroad. Through core courses in economics and business, students will build the knowledge to effectively enhance rural and urban communities around the world. Engaging coursework, hands-on experience, and international travel make this major an excellent choice for students seeking to impact the developing world.
Economic development major distinctives
As an economic development major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Choose a concentration in business, sustainability or public policy
- Travel to Mexico for a cross-cultural experience
- Participate in service projects on campus, in Africa and in Central America through the Collaboratory
- Study abroad in a developing country
- Visit transition economies such as Russia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as the developing economies of India and China through the International Business Institute
- Attend development conferences to connect with practitioners in the field
- Secure international internships with organizations such as Samaritan's Purse, World Vision, Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Economic Development Associates and World Relief
- Combine studies in economics, international business, finance, politics and anthropology for a well-rounded degree
- Prepare for graduate work in economic development
Career options for economic development majors
As a graduate of the economic development program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Community planner
- Development advisor
- Employee of a NGO
Internship opportunities for economic development majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of economic development internships. A few examples include:
- Samaritan's Purse
- World Vision
- Mennonite Central Committee
- World Relief
Program emphasisIn the economic development major, you’ll choose from a concentration in business, sustainability or public policy, and acquire the knowledge and skills used to serve the least advantaged in rural and urban communities locally and internationally. Core classes in economics, finance, management and international business are complemented with humanities concentrations like politics and anthropology to prepare you to offer strong quantitative skills to development organizations from a Christian perspective.
Learning and hands-on experience
Students participate in extensive international experiential learning through cross-cultural courses, campus projects, internships and study abroad programs. Economic development majors experience a unique development-focused 3-week cross-cultural course in Laredo, Mexico on the Baja peninsula. Students can participate in the Collaboratory for Service and Learning, a student-led interdisciplinary group dedicated to transforming the lives of others through service, becoming involved with microenterprise development projects on campus, in the surrounding community, Africa or Central America.
Students attend development conferences with practitioners in the field. You may choose to participate in the International Business Institute, which gives you the opportunity to visit transition economies such as Russia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as the developing economies of India and China.