About the Department of Economics


Our undergraduate and graduate courses are taught by a distinguished faculty specializing in fields such as labor, public, and financial economics, and econometrics. Undergraduates are able to choose from electives covering government and business, public economics, labor economics, international trade and finance, history of economic thought, econometrics, monetary policy, economic development, and environmental economics. Compared with other universities of Northern's standing, undergraduate Economics students have greater access to a distinguished faculty. 

Our graduate students are able to specialized in the fields of labor economics, public economics, financial economics, or econometrics. Students with a focus in econometrics are also able to earn their M.S. in Statistics while earning their Ph.D. in Economics. Previous graduates have been placed in various private, public, and academic positions around the world. Graduate students work directly with faculty as graduate assistants and, in some cases, teach their own sections. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recognized both our M.A. and Ph.D. as STEM fields allowing for important benefits for our international graduates. 

The department is involved in interdisciplinary research and education through our membership in the School of Public and Global Affairs and faculty involvement in several interdisciplinary groups such as the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.