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Economics & Finance Degree

Ecomonics & Finance Program

Economics & Finance Degree

Many businesses and government agencies value the analytical and statistical skills of economics and finance graduates.

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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.



Why an Economics & Finance Degree?

Many businesses and government agencies value the analytical and statistical skills of economics and finance graduates. Starting salaries in this field are in the top ten of all professions across the country. A bachelor’s degree in economics and finance opens the door to a number of career options and prepares students for work in a wide variety of professions.



Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Economics & Finance Major

With a B.B.A. in Economics and Finance, you’ll be able to develop and interpret operating budgets, capital budgets, investment portfolios, and capital structure. Housed in the School of Business, this degree program focuses on the allocation of resources with an emphasis on community, business, and financial resources. Students become skilled using tools such as opportunity costs, supply, demand, marginal analysis, the equation of exchange, and the theory of trade.

2019-2020 Program Catalog

2019-2020 4-Year Plan

Minors in both Economics and Finance are also available.



Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights

  • Interesting coursework and experienced faculty introduce you to the latest trends and fundamentals in the field

  • Exciting internship opportunities give you on-the-job experience before you graduate

  • Related clubs and honor societies allow you to meet others and enhance your resume



Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities

The major in economics and finance gives students the opportunity to work in a number of different careers and equips them for post graduate studies in finance, economics, and business administration.

Career options include:

  • Commercial Banking

  • Financial Planning and Consulting

  • Government Agencies

  • Insurance

  • Investments



Internship Opportunities

You'll have the opportunity to participate in paid summer internships with several local companies including:

  • Illinois State Treasurer's Office

  • Memorial Hospital

  • Edward Jones

  • Merrill Lynch

  • Ameren

  • MetLife Financial Services

  • Nestle Purina

  • Mutual of Omaha



What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying


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“I choose to major in econ/fin because it allows me to combine my ability to analyze numbers and my love for working with people of all ages.”

~ Taylor Cope

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“The professors at McKendree are here to help students, but they can't help if you don't have a goal. Goals allow professors to give advice and provide unique opportunities for a variety of students.

~ Elizabeth Weber

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“McKendree University is a place where you can receive a high quality education with small classrooms and professors who provide the students with individual attention/personalized education. This has benefited me in my career and I also developed many valuable connections at McKendree University from people across the world that I still keep in touch with. I have nothing but good things to say about the University.

~ Ryan Miller

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“I received a wonderful education at McKendree and I will always be thankful for all that I learned.

~ Anthony Clervi

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“McKendree University is a small school with a big heart and even bigger dreams You will not find a more caring faculty, a more visionary leadership team, or better opportunities anywhere in the Midwest.

~ Braden Posey



Interesting Courses

  • International Finance

  • Environmental Economics

  • Economics of the Pizza Industry



Photo of McKendree Entryway MonumentClub Information / Honor Societies

  • Sigma Beta Delta (Business Honor Society)

  • Phi Beta Lambda (Business Service Club)



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Meet the Faculty

Eric AbramsEric Abrams, Ph.D.

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



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

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



Photo of M. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.M. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.

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



Photo of Peter Sigiols, D.B.A., J.D.Peter Sigiols, D.B.A., J.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 110

(618) 537-6583



Photo of Tyson Thomas, Ph.D.Tyson Thomas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics
907 Royce Street, 2nd Floor
(618) 537-6412




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