Why Study at JCSU?

Do you know what the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression have to do with today’s economy?

These are the big questions that economists wrestle with. By analyzing what happened to the country back then, economists today have a better chance of preventing a similar financial disaster.

As a student at JCSU, our emphasis on liberal arts teaches you to analyze economies from a variety of angles — including historical, cultural and environmental influences. You’ll learn how to think about the “big picture” when it comes to the complex world of economics.

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

Our economics program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that meets the demands of today’s business climate. Our Business Advisory Board includes corporate leaders from big-name companies such as:

  • Bank of America
  • Wachovia-Wells Fargo
  • Lowe’s Corporation
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company
  • Belk
  • the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

These respected executives help our professors build an educational program that will be relevant to your future in the workplace and appealing to potential employers.

Internships give you relevant experience.

At JCSU, we know that professional experience is critical to developing successful business executives. Our faculty members combine classroom learning the opportunities for real-world experience to give you an advantage in the job hunt.

JCSU students have also participated in the Gateway to Leadership Program. In this nationally recognized program, you’ll have the opportunity to be mentored by executives from some of the biggest firms on Wall Street.

Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

You’ll also gain important experience by working alongside your professors as they conduct various economic studies. Statistical analysis and hands-on experience with real data will also give you a solid background in forecasting economic trends.

  • Two of our economics students have had the opportunity to analyze economic data with a professor in our simulation lab. By using cutting-edge statistical programs like eViews, they’re able to forecast economic growth by analyzing interest rates from the Federal Funds Rate.
  • Each year, students from JCSU attend the Fed Challenge Competition. An academic competition, the Fed Challenge helps business and economics students understand the role the Federal Reserve System plays in our nation’s economy.

Personalized attention gives you the tools to succeed.

Our economics professors care about your success. As a student in our program, you’re more than just a number.

At JCSU, we know we’re teaching the business leaders of tomorrow. After graduation, you’ll face a challenging economy, and we are fully committed to preparing you to make positive changes in the future business world.

Your professors will work with you one-on-one to identify your strengths and areas that could use some improvement. You’ll leave here feeling confident in your abilities and with valuable connections and resources for life.

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

Your education doesn’t end in the classroom. We want you to get to know your professors and classmates and get involved on campus.

We encourage our economics majors to be active in our many student-led organizations such as the:

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.

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