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Dr. Kevin O'Brien
Department Chair

The Degree
Economics is a rigorous and quantitative social science. It provides a scientific method of organizing facts, quantifying and testing hypotheses, and specifying policy alternatives. At the same time, it is a social science, and exposes its majors to the great economic systems past and present. Therefore, economics provides a theoretical structure from which to pursue intellectual questions of the highest order. Bradley's Economics-Business major is designed to provide students with an understanding of:

  • economic theory
  • quantitative tools
  • a specialized understanding of those particular areas of interest in economics
  • a broad background in the humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences

Students in the Economics-Business major are exposed to a wide variety of faculty expertise. In addition to teaching, many instructors consult and are involved in local business development. This practical experience is brought into the classroom.

Some of the research interests of Bradley’s Economics faculty include:

  • municipal recycling
  • international competitiveness
  • the economics of uncertainty
  • public sector labor markets
  • collective bargaining
  • international trade policy
  • foreign investment policy
  • Federal Reserve behavior

During their senior year, students in the program take senior seminar. This course enables students to work one-on-one with faculty as they research while a faculty member provides insights and guidance along the way. The students present the results from their seminar during their last semester.

Opportunities at Bradley
The Foster College of Business Administration sponsors a number of student organizations for economics majors. Some of these include:

  • Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society
  • Women in Business

Beyond Bradley
A major in economics is a stepping stone to careers in business, law, and government. It can also be the first stage to becoming a professional economist. Opportunities for economics majors are numerous and varied, and the options open to them can be quite challenging, exciting, and rewarding. Recent economics graduates have enjoyed very strong placement rates. Graduates enjoy careers at many nationally recognized organizations including:

  • Anderson
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Abbot Laboratories
  • Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C.