Economic Development at Messiah College
Are you interested in economics? Learning about other cultures? Do you want to help developing communities thrive?
If so, then a degree in economic development might be the perfect path for you. At Messiah College, our combination of classroom theory and hands-on experience prepares you to serve in community and international development at home and abroad through a strong economics and experiential learning curriculum.
In the economic development major, you’ll choose from a concentration in business, sustainability or public policy, 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.Equipped with classroom knowledge, you’ll also spend time in the field learning about development, the Christian NGOs doing on-the-ground work, government initiatives and international organizations leading the fight against poverty. Whether completing an internship, studying abroad or working on a service project through Messiah’s Collaboratory, you’ll get the experience you need to serve a variety of economic development organizations.
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
Learn more about the Department of Management and Business
The Department of Management and Business is housed in the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences Learn more about the Department of Management and Business by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- The Department has 10 full-time faculty members who have strong experience in industry and academics and who seek to mentor students both spiritually and professionally.
- The Department is accredited nationally through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Professors in the Management and Business Department have worked or taught in Austria, Costa Rica, India, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, China and many other places, enabling them to infuse international and cross-cultural perspectives into their courses.
- Developing a student's global perspective has long been a specialty of Messiah College and the Department of Management and Business.
- Our students join students from several other Christian Colleges to attend the International Business Institute (IBI) a unique program of business study, corporate visits and travel through Europe, Russia, India and China.