• human behavior as expressed through the production and distribution of goods, services, and scarce resources
  • learn how microeconomics and macroeconomics affect the profitability, cost, and accessibility of goods and services
  • learn from published economists who have an understanding of the World Economy and how it affects businesses and governments in the 21st century
  • excel in math and social sciences
  • have a disciplined and analytical mind
  • enjoy staying up to date on the most recent economic challenges facing today’s world
  • banking
  • investing
  • economics research and teaching
  • marketing and sales
  • government service
  • graduate school
  • domestic and international trade

Department Mission:

The Economics program aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of economic theory and its application to a wide variety of socio-economic issues. The department strives to develop students’ skills in effective communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving. The Economics faculty is committed to modeling and encouraging the development of honesty, integrity, and virtue in our students. Our hope is to provide an atmosphere of learning and study that will, in keeping with the highest values of a Catholic and Benedictine education, enable young men and women to live a life that will help to make the world a better place.

Departmental Goals:

Economics develops analytical reasoning through formal modeling and historical interpretation. Economics majors receive strong preparation for graduate study in Economics, Law School, or MBA programs. The knowledge and skills developed by studying Economics are used in problem solving, decision-making, and policy applications throughout business, government, banking, and not-for-profit organizations. Thus, the Economics major prepares students for interesting careers as well as for graduate work. Oral and written communication is especially important in course work; mathematical and graphical skills are developed as well.

Students must have completed five (5) courses in Economic theory, including EC 201 and EC 202, and must have earned a grade of “C” or better. For any student who wishes to be considered for the minor, transfer credit from another college or university cannot comprise the majority of his or her courses in Economics.

  • EC 201 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • EC 202 Introductory Microeconomics
  • Any three other theoretical EC courses

It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


Dr. William Van Lear - Professor of Economics
B.A., Gettysburg College, 1980
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1986

Stanley Dudko – Associate Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics
B.A., Belmont Abbey College, 1960
M.A., Auburn University, 1962