Economics

The economics major shows you how people and businesses use resources. This perspective is valuable for any business-related career. The department also offers a major through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Preparing You for Success

In today’s global economy, technical and problem-solving skills are more important than ever. Economics provides an excellent foundation in both. Economics shows you how the world works and gives you the tools to be successful in the new economy. A Foster College degree prepares you for a business career.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Professional development and networking through Economics Club, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Chi Theta honor society and student organizations such as Women in Business.
  • Mentoring relationships with faculty who are active in local business development
  • Students engagement including a broad variety of internships including Caterpillar, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Northern Trust, JUMP Simulation Center, ConAgra and many others. 
  • A senior research capstone project where under the guidance of a faculty advisor, you produce a tangible research paper on a topic that is interesting to you. 

Making Your Mark

Economics majors are valued in all business settings. In recent years, all Bradley economics graduates found jobs or continued to graduate school within six months of graduation. They are working for nationally recognized firms such as Accenture, Caterpillar, IDEX, Sprint, Goodwill Industries, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 21 hrs.

  • ECO 100 Introduction to Economics - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 221 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 222 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 300 Economics Colloquium for Juniors - 1 hr.
  • ECO 332 Intermediate Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 333 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 400 Economics Colloquium for Seniors - 1 hr.
  • ECO 498 Senior Seminar in Economics I - 1 hr.
  • ECO 499 Senior Seminar in Economics II - 3 hrs.

Philosophy Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • PHL 103 An Inquiry Into Values - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 201 Philosophy Proseminar I - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 202 Philosophy Proseminar II - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 203 Logic - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 300 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 304 Renaissance and Modern Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 306 Recent Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 307 Classical Political Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 308 Modern Political Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 311 Existentialism - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 320 Symbolic Logic - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 344 Philosophy of Religion - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 347 Ethics - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 350 Art in Human Experience - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 360 Topics in Philosophy - 3-6 hrs.
  • PHL 403 Seminar in Philosophy - 3 hrs.
  • PHL 551 Reading in Philosophy - 1-3 hrs.
  • PHL 552 Reading in Philosophy - 1-3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose two) - 6 hrs.

  • ECO 301 Money and Banking - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 305 Public Expenditure and Finance - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 310 Labor Problems - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 325 Urban Economics - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 362 Economics and Law - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 391 International Trade - 3 hrs.

Additional Requirements

  • Majors must receive a grade of “C” or better in Economics 332, 333 and 499.
  • Minimum of 27 semester hours in economics and a minimum of 21 hours at the junior/senior level.