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Economics is probably the most versatile discipline. The analytical frameworks
developed in economics have been applied to nearly every aspect of human
behavior and decision-making. As such, economists are some of the most
influential figures in shaping key national and global policies, including
climate change, free trade, energy, and health care. Majoring in economics
provides a versatile set of tools to understand and analyze human behavior and
public policy issues in almost any area of interest.
— Chris Krahe ’07, Associate Analyst, S&P Public Finance,
“My undergraduate degree in economics has prepared me for the real
world in many ways. My advice is to
really push yourself during your undergraduate career. Learning from faculty is also crucial to
preparing yourself for the job market. Listen
to their stories and experiences and feel free to pick their brains. IUP economics faculty were always there for me
if I had questions and always offered priceless advice for life after
IUP.” – John Wygonik ’16, Field Economist with the US Bureau of Labor
Statistics in St. Louis, Missouri
“You will be amazed by how you feel walking out of an economics
class. First, you will say to yourself,
‘Wow how did I just learn that?’ and then you will say, ‘How is it that I
understand that complex topic so completely?’ After graduating from the
economics department and walking out of countless classes feeling like that,
you will know it’s all due to the amazing teaching abilities of the IUP
economics faculty.” – Alexandra Larch ’16, Financial Analyst at PNC Bank in
I'm so thankful I majored in economics at IUP. The faculty were supportive every
step of the way—from principles of macroeconomics to advanced econometrics to
helping me plan my future. In my current position as a college professor and
assistant director of a polling firm, I use the skills I learned at IUP on a
daily basis. Everything I know about mentoring students and effective teaching I
learned from the IUP Economics faculty.
— Dr. Mileah Kromer ’03, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Elon University Poll, Elon University, N.C.
Economics is not just a discipline; it's a method through which to see the
world. The analytical skills economics imparts prepare the students of today to
confront the challenges of tomorrow. At IUP, the Economics Department guided me
through some of the basic tools of economics. In doing so, the department
prepared me to succeed in my post-IUP endeavors.
— Neil Meredith ’06, PhD candidate, University of Georgia
“I started my IUP career as a marketing major. After having both introductory economics courses my freshman year, I decided that I would take the dual-Baccalaureate track. I’ll hold to this day that this was one of the best, if not the best decision I made at IUP. Even though I took a job in the marketing field, I think my background in Economics helped me get the job and excel in my role. The skills I learned through my classes and research have helped me take a unique approach when planning strategies and analyzing industries for my clients.” – Jennifer Johnson ’16, Internet Marketing Specialist at WebpageFX in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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