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The Economics major provides students with a rigorous applied and theoretical curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in quantitative and analytical positions in private, public and non-profit organizations. We provide a flexible program based on a common core of theory courses and an array of field courses offered at a range of times designed to accommodate both daytime and evening students. Our curriculum is designed around five concentration tracks based on faculty skills and popular career paths, but Economics majors have a great deal of freedom to choose elective courses that meet individual goals.

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Admission to the Program 

To declare the Economics major, please complete a Major Declaration Form and deliver it to the Economics Department office (BBH 346-C; 773-442-5690) or any of our faculty advisors. When you declare your major, we will help you schedule an initial advising session to help guide you through our program. We encourage you to meet with us as early as possible in your academic career, and please feel free to come see an advisor even before declaring a major.

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer and Veteran students with transitioning to our campus.

Degree Requirements 

The Economics major requires the completion of 30 hours of course credit specific to the Economics major, in addition to the University and General Education requirements. Students are required to complete the five-course Economics core, a Writing-Intensive Program (WIP) Course and four other 300-level elective courses. While students are encouraged to choose an area of concentration within the major, this is not required.


Required Core Courses


18 credits

ECON 215

Prinicples of Macroeconomics

3 credits

ECON 217

Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits

ECON 220


3 credits

ECON 303

Intermediate Macroeconomics

3 credits

ECON 304

Intermediate Microeconomics

3 credits

ECON 310, 314, 320, 323

Writing Intensive Program Course (choose 1)

3 credits

300-level Elective Courses

Choose Four

12 credits




For a full list of Economics course descriptions, please view our 'Course Descriptions' page. A printable booklet with the major requirements and Economics courses is available here. 

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

The Economics Department schedules courses in a way to ensure students a flexible and efficient path to graduation. Every effort is made to schedule each of our required core courses and a WIP course each semester, and to rotate these courses between day and evening class times. While the plan below is written for the four-year student, we recognize that many of you join our program as transfer students, either from other colleges or other majors. Our advisors can generally help students design a plan to complete the Major requirements within two calendar years, even for students who have little or no prior Economics classwork.

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Fall 3

Spring 3

Fall 4

Spring 4

MATH 091*

MATH 092*

MATH 163*

MATH 165

ECON 304

ECON 303





ECON 215

ECON 217

ECON 220




Students may place into the appropriate Mathematics course, if needed, by taking the NEIU Mathematics placement exam or previous college mathematics courses or ACT scores.


Learning Opportunities

For the past several years, many of our students have participated in a travel program to Europe under the direction of Dr. Ed Stuart, professor emeritus. Dr. Stuart has led trips to Germany, Poland and Switzerland.

We also seek opportunities for hands-on research projects such as Dr. Christina Ciecierski’s Applied Health Economics project. Students were given the opportunity to collect primary data on student smoking behavior and work with top researchers in the field.

Research Opportunities

Student-faculty research is a hallmark of our program. In 2013, a group of our students were honored to present a paper on international business cycle linkages at the World Business Institute International Conference in Toronto, Canada. Their work, with Dr. Michael Wenz and Dr. Scott Hegerty, also appeared as a published work.

Our students also regularly present at the NEIU Student Research Symposium each spring. Recently, Michael Wenz, Ph.D., and Ryan Gallagher, Ph.D., led an inquiry into the linkages between casino gambling and crime in Elgin, Illinois, and our students shared this work at the symposium as well.


Careers & Employment 

Career Opportunities

Economics provides a strong background for a host of careers. Our graduates have earned some impressive placements at places like the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Chicago Fed. Many of our graduates go into financial services or consulting companies, while others work in analyst positions in a variety of industries.

For those interested in graduate study, a number of our graduates have gone into Economics programs at DePaul and the University of Illinois at Chicago, while others have chosen to study in other fields at places like Columbia, University of Chicago and University of Michigan. An undergraduate degree in Economics provides students with an analytical framework that is useful in a wide variety of graduate programs, not just Economics.

Program Contact Information 

For more information on the Major in Economics,
please contact our department office.
Department of Economics
Room BBH 346-C
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625


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