Economics

Are you interested in developing your research, analytical, leadership, and creative thinking skills? Dordt's economics degree will prepare you to learn how to address complex economic problems at the local, national, and international level.

As an economics major, you'll have the opportunity to participate in internships as well as gain a deeper understanding of our economy and surrounding world.

An economics degree from Dordt will not only focus on the numbers—you will learn how to work in your field from a Christian perspective. When you graduate, you will be prepared to serve Christ and your community with your degree.

Program Options

As an economics major, you will take courses in theoretical economics and in quantitative skills such as statistics, calculus, and algebra. Elective courses will also be offered in applied economics and math and statistics.

Classes will include occasional field trips, guest speakers, socratic seminars, and debates around pressing issues.

Opportunities

At Dordt, you will have the opportunity to participate in internships with businesses such as banks, insurance companies, and others in the financial services industry. In the classroom, you will be equipped with the skills to work in multiple sectors of economics—all from a Christian perspective.

For the private sector of business, you will learn to:

  • advise businesses on economic topics
  • help managers and decision-makers understand how the economy will affect their business
  • research and analyze economic issues 
  • conduct surveys and collect data
  • interpret and forecast market trends
  • and more.

For the public sector of government, you will learn to:

  • recommend solutions to economic problems
  • collect and analyze data on regional, national, and international economies, including employment, prices, productivity, and wages
  • project spending needs and inform policymakers on the economic impact of laws and regulations
  • advise on tax and trade policy
  • and more.

For the academic sector of education, you will learn to:

  • teach in high schools, colleges and universities
  • write articles for academic journals and other media
  • publish economic articles in newspapers and journals
  • and more.

Resources

Our department uses Dordt classrooms that facilitate lecture-based, internet-based, A/V-based, and presentation-style learning.

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Dr. Jan van Vliet

Dr. Jan van Vliet
Professor of Economics

CA 307
(712) 722-6267
Jan.vanVliet@dordt.edu

Dr. Sacha Walicord

Dr. Sacha Walicord
Professor of Business Administration & Economics

CA CA313
(712) 722-6350
Sacha.Walicord@dordt.edu