Department of Economics
Kamm Building, Office #146
(440) 826-2113

Four students and an economics professor were in China this summer as recipients of a 2013 ASIANetwork research grant, an award given to only 13 schools across the U.S. Read More

Economics professor Xudong (Tony) Chen is a favorite among students. He is the winner of BW's 2012 Exemplary Teaching Award.

Careers using Economics

  • Economist:  Government, Banking, Industry, International Organizations, Education
  • Accountancy
  • Diplomatic Service
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Insurance
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management Consultancy
  • Market/ Social Research
  • Politics
  • The World Bank
Great Recession, Occupy Wall Street, economic exclusion, budget imbalances, offshoring, fair trade---the real stuff of economics!

Changing the World

Economic thinking is world changing.  It underlies the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century from ecological issues to social justice. No longer dubbed the dismal science; economics is a field in transition that will equip you with the thinking skills to change the world.


Economics is the nexus of the social and natural sciences with its focus on how humans coordinate decisions given the realities of society and the world. The study of economics branches in multiple directions: behavioral economics, ecological economics, evolutionary economics, econometrics, feminist economics, forensic economics, neuroeconomics, social and cultural economics and urban economics. Economics is a versatile major/ minor--a perfect complement to your interest in psychology, sustainability, political science, accounting, neuroscience, mathematics, sociology, business, international studies and education (Teaching License in Integrated Social Studies for grades 7-12).


Economics provides you with solid academic preparation for success in your future career, graduate studies in economics, pursuit of an MBA or law school.  Faculty expertise cuts across the economics spectrum with most having international experience.  Our faculty engage in scholarly work, presenting at national and international professional conferences.  The Department maintains a culture of collaboration and shared inquiry with its students.  Faculty-student mentored research is an opportunity for you to explore the world of economics on your terms.

The Buckhorn Endowed Chair in Economics was established in January 1983 through a gift from Buckhorn, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, (a subsidiary of Myers Industries). The chair enables a faculty member to conduct research in economic thought, economic, political, and social issues, economic growth, and applied economics. The scope of the Buckhorn Chair includes teaching, research, and establishment of linkages between the academic and business communities.

The Pavsek Award for Excellence in Economics rewards excellence in economics-based student research.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE), the International Honor Society In Economics, recognizes superior scholastic attainment and promotes closer ties between BW students and faculty. 

Pi Gamma Mu (PGM), the International Social Science Honorary Society, rewards outstanding scholastic achievement through membership and an special honor cord worn at graduation.

Ovation Honors' Day awards, recognizing student scholastic achievements, include The Dr. Albert Gray, Jr. Prize in Economics, The Dr. Greg Pett Award, and The Jess and Arline Petty Scholarship.

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