Economics is the study of the institutions and arrangements that are used to create, protect, and allocate scarce resources. It advances our understanding of the behavior of individuals, firms, governments, and other organizations. The deep intellectual roots of economics, its rigorous analytic methods, and its powerful ability to explain and evaluate social phenomena make it an exceptionally rewarding field of study.


Is a degree in economics for me?

Economics may be a path for those who are curious about social and business problems, enjoy working with numbers and data, and want to learn how to express solutions to problems through analytical tools, economic theory, and its application to human behaviors.


What will I learn as an economics major?

The Haile/US Bank College of Business economics program provides students with excellent problem-solving abilities and develops student reasoning through the principles and intermediate courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics. Analytical skills are developed through two semesters of econometrics - the quantitative methods that economists use to seek answers to business and policy questions. Students are trained to analyze business and financial conditions, and to understand theories explaining causes of unemployment and inflation.


Unique opportunities

Economics Club
The objective of the club is to provide students with an area outside of class to discuss economic topics. It also aims to establish a closer tie between students and faculty in economics within the university. The club hosts regional and national speakers, and weekly discussions on current economic topics.

An interdisciplinary project that merges economics, media broadcasting, and music. The objective of the project is to enhance the learning process by allowing students to reinforce basic economic principles through popular media.


Alumni Spotlight

“Studying economics at NKU opened my eyes to the role macroeconomic policy plays in public decision making. It laid the foundation for my later study in public policy and my career in education policy and advocacy.”

Brigitte Blom Ramsey

Executive Director
Prichard Committee


  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,
    employment of economists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026,
    about as fast as the average for all occupations.
  • In general, job opportunities should be good. Job prospects should be best for those with a master’s degree or Ph.D., strong analytical skills, and experience using statistical analysis software.

Department Contact Information

Jillian Ross
Academic Coordinator,
Department of Ecomonics & Finance
(859) 572-6526


A graduate in this major has a variety of career options such as:

  • Business Conditions Forecasting
  • International Trade and Relations
  • Labor Economics
  • Government Statistics and Analysis
  • Graduate School Preparation
  • Public Finance and Policy Analysis