Who determines mortgage rates? Is bitcoin a real currency? Are rich countries becoming
richer? Can we avoid another financial crisis? Does the price of charitable giving
matter? What to do with big data? When and why incentives (don’t) work?
Economists study questions like these to reveal what can be done to improve the economy
and individual decision-making. The Department of Economics at Wichita State University
provides insight into how the world works and prepares students to have successful
careers at businesses, financial institutions, and in the public sector by developing
their analytical skills to understand causal relationships, trends, process improvements,
pricing decisions, and business strategies.
Students who have graduated with an economics degree from our program are employed
by large multinational companies including Koch Industries, Invista, Spirit Aerosystems,
Textron, and Cargill. Our graduates are also hired in financial institutions, investment
and insurance firms such as Commerce Bank, Intrust Bank, Equity Bank, Morgan Stanley,
IMA Financial Group, Santander Consumer USA, and Millennium Management. Kansas Department
of Labor, Kansas Department of Commerce, Office of the State Bank Commissioner of
Kansas, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are among the government agencies
who have hired our recent graduates. Our economics majors have attended graduate
programs at Harvard, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Iowa, University
of Kansas, George Mason University, and Washburn University.