ECONOMICS

An education in economics will focus on the study of scarcity, how people use resources, and the process of decision making. Students will also gain well connected knowledge in statistics and calculus.

You’ll find career opportunities in economic fields such as government, research, analyst positions, economic consulting, financial markets, banking, and insurance. You’ll be prepared to take on duties and responsibilities in these positions and gain valuable skills to possess.

At Wartburg College, students in economics benefit from small class sizes and a diverse group of classmates. You will be taught by professors with experience and expertise who are ready to mentor students for careers as well as for active citizenship through the classroom, internships, and undergraduate research.

Business Department Fast Facts

1.) RESUME BUILDING
More than 80 percent of the college’s business administration, accounting and economics majors complete at least one internship or field experience before graduating.

2.) DEEP PROGRAM
Wartburg offers a wider variety of business courses (more than 50) than many larger private colleges.

3.) CPA CREDIT HOURS
The accounting program is designed to help students complete the 150 credit hours required for the Certified Public Accountant license in four years instead of five or six as compared to other colleges and universities.

4.) FOUR-YEAR TRACK
Nearly all students graduate in four years.

5.) REAL EXPERIENCE
Students participate with hands-on projects and work with real clients.

6.) FINANCIAL SUPPORT
Thirty-nine scholarships are available to business, accounting, and economics students beyond the Regents and Presidential awards.

7.) LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT
The department’s partnerships with the Institute for Leadership Education allow students to develop their management skills. 

8.) STOCK UP
Students invest the dividends and interest from a portfolio that has earned as much as $1 million in assets through the Portfolio Management Course. 

9.) MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Social Entrepreneurship students have won international prizes to fund development projects in India, Ghana, Swaziland, Malawi, and other places around the world.

FACILITIES

The Whitehouse Business Center houses the Business Administration, Accounting & Economics Department.

Students gain hands-on experience and real world experience. WORTH IT.

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Alumni Outcomes

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Sales Executive, Midwest Heritage Bank, Des Moines
  • Marketing and Box Office Manager, U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids
  • Territory Manager, Hormel Foods, Lebanon, N.J.
  • Marketing Associate, Bolide Technology Group, San Dimas, Calif.
  • Staff Auditor, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Accountant, Dan Deery Motors, Cedar Falls

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Chairman and CEO, American Family Insurance, Madison, Wis.
  • Operations Analyst, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • President, Merit Contracting, Rochester, Minn.
  • CEO, RewardSnap Corp., Indianapolis, Ind.
  • National Sales Operations Manager for Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 10 Years:

  • Vice President, Department Manager, Wells Fargo, West Des Moines
  • Human Resources Recruiter, The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City
  • Pharmaceutical Sales, Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, Del.
  • Production Supervisor, Kraft, Davenport
  • Procurement Coordinator, Mayo Clinic Finance Dept. of Materials, Rochester, Minn.
  • Investment Accountant, Principal Financial Group, Des Moines
  • Attorney, Bryan Cave LLP, Chicago, Ill.

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Tamrat W. Gashaw

Assistant Professor of Economics