Study Economics at Simpson!

The Simpson Economics major combines rigorous analytical training with practical applications led by dedicated faculty driven to help you succeed. Small class sizes allow our faculty to provide you with personalized attention and mentoring. Moreover, the capstone course in economics empowers students to combine theory, data collection and statistical techniques to produce high-quality, innovative research.


  • Eberhart Student Aid Fund gives you the opportunity to manage, with a team of fellow students, a securities portfolio valued at over one quarter of a million dollars.  You do the research and make investment decisions with advising from your professors.
  • Our faculty have a strong focus on helping you succeed. They encourage and help find summer research and internship opportunities. You will receive individualized attention as your professors help you determine the steps you need to take now to get to where you want to go.
  • Our broad based, liberal arts curriculum is designed with the general needs of employers in mind.  You will develop the skills you need to succeed in your career: accounting expertise and skills in critical thinking, analysis, and communication.

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Career Paths

  • Financial Analyst
  • Mortgage Analyst
  • Stock Broker
  • Investment Advisor/Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Other students go on to pursue graduate degrees (MBA, Masters in Economics, PhD in Economics, JD)

Jobs and Internships

  • FDIC
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • UBS
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Merrill Lynch

Course Requirements

  • Econ 100 Principles of Economics
  • Econ 365 Advanced Microeconomics (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 102, MATH 151, ECON 135)
  • Econ 366 Advanced Macroeconomics (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 102, MATH 151)
  • Econ 386 Econometrics (Pre-Req:  ECON 100 or 101 or 102, MATH 151, ECON 135)
  • Econ 135 Applied Statistics (Prerequisite: One of: Math 105/105T, Math 130/130T, Math ACT of 22 or higher, or Math SAT of 530 or higher)
  • Math 151 Calculus I (Prerequisite: One of: Math 130/130T, Math ACT of 24 or higher, or Math SAT of 570 or higher)
  • Acct 201 Introduction to Accounting
  • Electives: Choose 3 additional courses at the 200 level or above

Katheryn Pearson Thorson ’10- Continuing College To Law School

Katheryn Pearson Thorson

“The Cornerstone program made you take classes in so many different areas, and that is kind of how the law is.”

Economics Minor

Course Requirements

Students will complete five courses as follows:
  • Econ 100 Principles of Economics
  • Elective: choose four additional Economics courses at the 200 level or above.