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Economics & Management

Students who study economics and management at DePauw University obtain the intellectual skills needed to become informed citizens and leaders in the world’s dynamic economy. Economics provides valuable insight into contemporary issues that shape our society, such as income inequality, growth, poverty, discrimination, environmental regulation, trade and government policy.

Economics students learn to think critically and analytically, to evaluate problems using theoretical models and empirical techniques and to develop effective written arguments. The department’s faculty members offer challenging and intellectually engaging classes as they help students discover the value of economics to understanding the world around us.

Students may choose from a robust array of major courses and interdisciplinary minors in international business, business administration and accounting and finance. In addition, many students embark on experiential learning opportunities off campus and abroad, where they gain tactical knowledge and develop a sophisticated outlook that enables them to make sense of the world. Economics majors take leadership roles in Women in Economics and Business, the Consulting Group, the Investment Banking Workshop and other student groups through the Robert C. McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship.

Prospective students who desire an intense learning experience often apply to the Management Fellows Program, which provides training, over and above the major coursework, that enriches their educational experiences. Fellows are exposed to real-world experiences in business and entrepreneurship through semester- long internships and speakers who come to campus as part of the Robert C. McDermond Center Series and the Industry Insights Series.



“The most valuable thing about the economics department at DePauw is its professors. Small class sizes make it easy to form relationships, and my professors were always engaging, welcoming and helpful. From my first semester at DePauw, when I took Intro to Econ, all the way through my senior year, when I was working on my thesis and applying to graduate schools, my professors took an interest in my future and were willing to provide advice and chat about my options.”

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Career Opportunities

  • Academia
  • Accounting
  • Consulting
  • Data analysis
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofits
  • Policy development
  • Public sector
  • Research

Examples of Internships

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Ehsan Asghari-Ghara, Ph.D. Interested in applied microeconomics, policy evaluation, and applications of data science in economics.

Humberto Barreto, Ph.D. Specializes in history of economic thought. 

Jeffrey Decker, Ph.D Interested in the use of accounting information in decision making. Enjoys bringing real world examples into the classroom and discussing implications with students.

Ophelia Goma, Ph.D. Interested in economic development with a focus on gender in the developing world. Received several grants to develop curriculum and study the Asian economic perspective. Has led students on educational programs to Kenya and the Philippines.

Jeffrey Gropp, Ph.D. Serves as director of the Management Fellows Program. Specializes in finance and econometrics. Enjoys teaching Introduction to Economics because it exposes students to a discipline he deeply appreciates.

Gary Lemon, Ph. D. Has conducted investment seminars and helped individuals construct their portfolios. Previously worked as a financial analyst for General Electric Co.

Linan Peng, Ph. D. He is interested in topics related to development economics, economic history and political economy. He equips students with the economic way of thinking to explore various topics relevant to the real world in his classes.

Guangjun Qu, Ph.D. Interested in macroeconomic issues in the field of international trade & finance and Asian economies. Enjoys exploring with students a variety of institutional, historical, geographical perspectives in the undergraduate-level discussion of economic policies.

Manu Raghav, Ph.D. Believes in a balance in pedagogical approaches and uses a wide variety of teaching methods and techniques. Primary research focus is the economics of higher education and related fields.

Koray Sayili, Ph.D. Interested in economics of entrepreneurship, labor economics and financial aspects of corporate innovation.

Michele Villinski, Ph.D. Named 2012 Indiana Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Won a Fulbright senior specialist award to share experiences and hone skills while building capacity at the University of Surabaya in Indonesia.

Yue Yin, Ph.D. Interested in labor economics, family economics, and health economics. Enjoys teaching both introductory level courses to help students establish the basic knowledge framework and upper- level electives to inspire students’ research interests in economics.

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