Economics & Finance

You’ll focus on the study of the allocation of resources with an emphasis on community, business and financial resources. In particular, you’ll be able to develop and interpret:

•   Operating budgets

•   Capital budgets

•   Investment portfolios

•   Capital structure

You’ll also be able to use tools like opportunity costs, supply, demand, marginal analysis, the equation of exchange, and the theory of trade.

Minors in both Economics and Finance are also available.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Economics and Finance program, within the context of the College’s liberal arts tradition, is to equip students with the analytical skills and institutional understanding fundamental to the disciplines of Economics and Finance, and to provide them with the mental framework that will allow them to lead productive and successful professional and social lives.


The major in Economics and Finance provides a solid academic base and opens a number of finance-related career doors in:

•   Banking

•   Insurance

•   Consulting

•   Investments

Many businesses and government agencies value the analytical and statistical skills of economics and finance graduates. Across the country, starting salaries of economics and finance graduates are in the top ten among all professions.

Meet the Faculty

Eric AbramsEric Abrams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
907 Royse Street
(618) 537-6553


Jeff BraselJeffry L. Brasel, M.B.A.

Instructor of Finance
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 103
(618) 537-6441


John WattersFrank Spreng, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 110
(618) 537-6902


M. Faisal SafaM. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Finance
907 Royce Street, 1st Floor
(618) 537-6892


John WattersJohn Watters, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
Chair of the School of Business
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 102

(618) 537-6406