Economics Path to success

Why Study Economics

Why study Economics? The Economics program at IWU promotes students critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, the ability to compare costs and benefits in decision making, quantitative analysis, effective communication skills, and intellectual curiosity. These are skills that are valuable in a variety of settings. Read more about economics.

Experiential Learning

At Illinois Wesleyan, many of our students work one-on-one with our economics faculty, researching topics of their mutual interest. Seniors have the opportunity to develop independent study projects, presenting their work at local, regional and national conferences.

Opportunities to Explore

Every year the economics department hires several of our top students as computer lab assistants, journal editors and tutors for introductory classes. The Economics Society, our student-run club, organizes a variety of extra-curricular activities for faculty and students to enjoy outside of class.


Illinois Wesleyan students majoring in Economics take part in engaging internships at a wide variety of organizations.


Economics majors have various opportunities to conduct original research, whether it be for individual classes, Research Honors, independent research projects, or summer research opportunities.

Undergraduate Economic Review

The UER is a peer-reviewed journal produced by IWU students and aimed at promoting high quality undergraduate research in the field of economics.

The Park Place Economist

As one of a handful of undergraduate journals of economics, the Park Place Economist is a great opportunity for IWU economics students to publish scholarly research articles.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

ODE is the international honor society for economics.

Economics Society

The society hosts discussions with students and IWU faculty, brings speakers to campus, and plans trips to organizations that make use of economics in their work. It also organizes social events for students and faculty of the economics program

Why Economics at IWU

The Mark A. Israel ‘91 Endowed Summer Research Fund in Economics offers a unique research opportunity by funding an economics student each summer to conduct independent research in close collaboration with a member of the economics faculty. Through this opportunity, students are exposed to advanced research and gain hands-on experience in the discipline. A special feature of the department is the large number of students who work one-on-one with faculty in various types of collaborative research. Upper-division students have the opportunity to develop independent study projects on topics of special interest.