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Economics and Finance

  • Economics/Finance, B.S., with minors available in economics and finance
    It’s not just about the U.S. economy anymore. Today’s economic structure is a complex, intricate global system. Become an active influencer, helping others to understand, predict and make decisions based on economic trends. 

  • To become that active player, you have a lot to learn. Olivet is your partner in learning. Our team is here to guide you in the journey.

    This degree program prepares you to go many places: help businesses make money, budget, plan for the long term, make wise investments and control costs. Grow in your understanding of the many factors that affect the buying and selling of goods and services.

    Throughout your studies, a Christian view of business decision-making processes is at the forefront of your preparation.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Study Christian formation and faith, managerial accounting, principles of economics, comparative economic systems, financial markets/institutions.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of how society distributes resources — such as land, labor, raw materials, machinery — to produce goods and services.
    • Learn how to conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends and develop forecasts.
    • Develop methods for obtaining important and necessary data.
    • Grow in your skills for analyzing data, and preparing reports, charts, tables and graphs.
    • And so much more!

    As a professional in the field of economics and finance, you will have the opportunity to study, analyze, explain and forecast in a wide range of businesses.

    • Study: supply and demand decisions, competitors within a particular industry, historical economic trends, money and banking systems, government influences on the economy and market processes 
    • Apply mathematical techniques to research.
    • Explain economic relationships.
    • Develop forecasts about business cycles, effects of inflation rates and tax legislation, future trends and other economic issues. 

    Putting knowledge to work 

    Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) — Teach the business skills you learn in the classroom to those in the communities around you. Take the lead in developing and implementing projects focusing on market economics, financial literacy, success skills, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and ethics.

    Internships – Build your résumé, make connections and network with professionals while you learn skills that help you survive and thrive on the job.

    Careers

    To be successful in an economics or finance career, you need to be: 

    • interested in analyzing data
    • strong in math and computer skills
    • a team player
    • good at applying theories to actual situations
    • confident in making informed predictions
    • a student of U.S. and world history, as well as current events
    • a follower of the stock market
    • a good communicator
    • a creative problem solver
    • fascinated with research

    Possible employers include: insurance companies, government agencies, consulting firms, universities, nonprofit organizations, real estate firms, corporations, manufacturing companies

    Possible careers include: professor, economist, financial analyst, market analyst, public policy consultant, researcher, purchasing manager, salesperson, sales manager, economic analyst, investment analyst

    Economics/Finance is part of the Department of Business within the School of Professional Studies. 

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  • A business degree will prepare you for success in a number of different careers.

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