Economics at Messiah College
Learn the analytical and quantitative skills you need to for a successful career in economics or graduate school.
As a student majoring in economics, you'll develop the analytical and quantitative skills needed to understand the interaction of market and nonmarket forces as they shape the behavior of society and impact human welfare. You'll become increasingly aware of the need to understand the role of values and social institutions, and to more seriously consider the impact of human activity upon the physical environment in which humans function.
Economics major distinctives
As an economics major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Study in a program named the #1 Best Business Degree Program for 2017 by Christian Universities Online.
- Spend 10 weeks in western Europe, India and China with the International Business Institute, where you’ll interact with various business and government leaders.
- Consider studying in Washington, D.C., through the American Studies Program where you'll study public policy with a select group of students from other CCCU schools.
- Prepare for an exciting career in fields such as business, finance, public policy, ministry, community service and more.
- Gain an understanding of the domestic business environment, the constant changes most large and small businesses have to make, and the complexity of the global economy.
- Take courses ranging from Contemporary Economics to Comparative Political Economy and International Business and World Economy.
- Pursue a Bachelor of Science OR a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, depending on your interests and career goals.
Career options for economics majors
As a graduate of the economics program, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
- Finance industry
- Law school
- Nonprofit organizations
- Business and industry
For more information on career planning for the economics program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for economics majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of economics internships. An example includes:
- LONDON Axco Insurance Information
About the programThe discipline of economics is often seen as the liberal arts component of any business major, but it also stands alone as an independent major. Anyone concerned about national and global public policy issues will find that these issues become unavoidably intertwined with economic analysis. At Messiah, you'll learn more than the mechanics of economic analysis. Our ultimate concern is that you understand how Christian faith shapes the way you see the economic process and what it means to be stewards of God's creation.
Degree OptionsMessiah offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in economics in order to meet your specific needs and preferences. The B.A. is a more traditional liberal arts degree with an emphasis on studying economics as a separate discipline within a broader program of liberal arts studies. It includes a smaller core component of business courses and, thus, offers a program of study with more available general elective hours. The B.S. degree, in contrast, includes all of the core requirements for the traditional business administrative major such as management, accounting, marketing, etc.
Learning and hands-on experience
While you may opt to complete the B.A. or B.S. degree requirements at the Grantham Campus, there are some alternatives. You can take advantage of the International Business Institute (IBI), which runs during the summer. As an IBI student, you'll tour Western Europe, India, and China, and have the opportunity to interact with various business and government leaders. Messiah professors have been active as instructors in the IBI program. Or, a semester abroad in another location may be easily included in the
You may also consider studying in Washington, D.C. through the American Studies Program where you'll study public policy with a select group of students from other Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) schools.