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EIU Department of Economics

Life is a series of choices. Come study with us and learn how people make these choices!

What are you passionate about? Planning to start your own firm after college? Hoping to work to alleviate poverty? Do you care about international issues? What about state and federal policies affecting your community, or prices at the pump, reducing unemployment or health care solutions?

Economics studies all of these issues and can tailor your major to fit your needs!

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Why Choose EIU for Economics

Student Engagement

A select number of our Economics students are able to participate in the Chicago Trip held every spring semester. Students get to visit key Economic institutions including the Chicago Board of Trade and Federal Reserve Bank. Students are also able to network with Economics alumni who are currently pursuing exciting and successful careers in the field.

Experiential Learning

Our students have a broad variety of paid and non-paid, unique and traditional internship opportunities available to them. While our students continue to intern at local sites such as Fox Ridge State Park, Douglas-Hart Nature Center and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, newer partnerships and internship opportunities include participation and training in research at the City of Charleston Waste Water Treatment Plant and the Dr. Gordon Grado Pre-Medicine Internship Program.

Capstone Experience

At the end of their final semester, our seniors are provided with a platform to showcase their impressive research projects in the capstone course, Theory and Research (ECN 4689). We have affectionately dubbed this event EIU@EIU: Economic Investigation of Undergraduates at Eastern Illinois University. Students, under their guidance of the course instructor, select a topic of interest and perform an in-depth study where they survey the research performed by experts in the field, they collect and analyze their own data, provide comprehensive results and policy implications. Our seniors continuously make us proud as they address topics of interest, share key findings, as well as answer questions from the attendees. In addition to Eastern faculty and Economics undergraduate and graduate students, this event is attended by top-level university administrative personnel including the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Blair Lord and Vice President for Business Affairs, Dr. William Weber, both of whom are Economics professors by specialty. Other frequent attendees include Deans of the College of Sciences and Graduate School.

Dedicated Faculty

The Department of Economics boasts a distinguished, dedicated, and diverse faculty from around the world. The faculty corridors are jokingly referred to by other colleagues as Eastern’s United Nations (UN) Our professors infuse into the students’ learning experience their rich cultures and experiences from countries including Ethiopia, Vietnam, Romania, Nepal, Persia, Ivory Coast, St. Lucia, Egypt, and of course from states right here in the United States such as Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, and Nevada!

Don't take our word for it

"I appreciate my professors' role in encouraging me to realize my full potential and appreeciate my studies. The trips and conference led by the department are just pricelss in exposing students to the practical world, and are also great opportunities to have fun with the faculty; they shouldn't be missed!"

Wengel Tessema

"The many opportunities that were afforded to me by the Economics Department were instrumental to my growth as a student and as a person. Strong relationships were developed with faculty and fellow students that I am sure will be associated with lasting memories."

Joe Camp

Related Pages

Departmental Brochure (pdf)

Contact Information

Department of Economics

Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

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