Economics, graduate school and career preparation

Study Economics at Simpson!

Top reasons why you should join us:

  • 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 Professor Palmieri.
  • 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.  In fact, in our survey of Spring 2012 economics and economics: finance graduates, 100% of respondants were employed full-time or pursuing graduate studies.  (75% survey response rate)

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Finding Career Success

Listed below are career paths of previous Simpson students.

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)

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 students 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. We’re confident that the strength of our program, combined with the numerous internship opportunities possible in the Des Moines metro area, provides Simpson economics graduates with bright futures.  

Economics Major

Students will complete ten courses as follows:

  • 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


Economics Minor

Students will complete five courses as follows:

  • Econ 100 Principles of Economics
  • Elective: choose four additional Economics courses at the 200 level or above.


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