Economics students become experts in understanding and analyzing systems related to the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services. It’s a great major if you’re interested in the best use of scarce resources and the interplay between politics, law, tax policy, and public policy that affects us every day.
Why should I study economics?
The economics major considers how best to use scarce resources, uses tools to describe and analyze, and is concerned about how law and politics affects our lives. Economics is concerned with the behavior of groups and history and how past events affect the economy today. The field of economics applies to a wide range of career fields.
What can I do with this degree?
Our alumni work in:
- Banking firms
- Brokerage firms
- Marketing positions
- Data management
Many alumni go on to graduate programs in economics, law, or business.
What skills will I develop?
- Quantitative data and modeling
- Presentation skills
- Critical thinking about societal problems
- Logical reasoning
- Quantitative communication and analysis
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
Economics students find lots of great opportunties for on-campus involvement with the Bethel Business and Economics Association, Bethel Student Government, and as a tutor for Business and Economics through the Academic Enrichment and Support Center.
Your coursework will include a visit to the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.
90% or more alumni reported being prepared for current job
Over $24 - median hourly wage of recent business graduates
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While interviewing with a Bethel alum for a position at UnitedHealth Group, the interviewer asked me to consider joining the International Audit department instead of the position for which I had applied. At the time, I had next to no idea what working in International Audit entailed! That same Bethel alum also connected me to the Healthcare Reform opportunity three years later. So, it’s safe to say that my career path was undeniably influenced by Bethel and this wonderful alum who decided to take a chance on me – not just once, but twice.Chin-Chin Lin '09
Current job: Project Manager, Health Care Reform Implementation, UnitedHealth Group
As a Christian in the workplace, I am able to connect with people on a different level. I know my reason for being there and do my part to create an encouraging work environment for my coworkers. I hope my attitude is a positive example observable through the way I make decisions, treat my clients, and strive for excellence every day.Andrew Vennerstrom '07
Current job: Customer Account Manager, Frozen Organic Products, General Mills
Bethel really prepared me...having a liberal arts education was beneficial because it made me well rounded. [Businesses] look for people with all sorts of different backgrounds and leadership experience. Bethel encourages people to get involved.Nicole (Nettleton) Willenbring '12
Current job: Business Analyst, Target Corporation
I’m so grateful for my Bethel experience! I cultivated deep friendships and had wonderful leadership and spiritual development opportunities. Combined with, the learning experience and faculty relationships through the Communications and Business departments, it all prepared me for great leadership opportunities.David Horsager '95, GS'07
Current job: Author, Speaker, Consultant and CEO, Horsager Leadership, Inc.