Economics and Policy (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science in Economics and Policy degree is an innovative, cross-disciplinary program that provides students with the analytical and policy knowledge and skills that they need to tackle major challenges in economics and public policy, such as fostering equitable and sustainable economic development and addressing the effects of globalization on economic, social, and environmental changes.
The program’s STEM-oriented curriculum is taught by world-class faculty from Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business and Lewis College of Science and Letters, providing exposure to disciplinary cores in economics, business, and the social sciences, as well as the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts from both colleges.
Courses in political science, economics, statistics, econometrics, political economy, organizational theory, and program evaluation are designed to develop the critical thinking, quantitative, and research skills that enable students to investigate and analyze complex economic and policy issues and to design effective data-driven solutions.
Through Illinois Tech’s one-of-a-kind Elevate program, you are guaranteed hands-on experiences—such as internships, group projects, and faculty-led research—where you connect your classroom learning with real-world practice. You also receive a personalized plan and mentorship to guide your academic studies and to prepare you to land a great job when you graduate.
Chicago is an international business and financial center, with a diverse metro area economy that includes a wide range of governmental and nonprofit entities engaged at the local, state, and national levels. With Illinois Tech’s extensive connections, you’ll have access to remarkable resources for internships, networking, and employment opportunities.
This is a STEM-designated program, and international graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an extension for Optional Practical Training, which allows selected students to stay and work in the United States for up to three years after graduation.
The B.S. in Economics and Policy program is designed to develop students’ analytical, quantitative, and research skills as well as expertise in economics and public policy that will equip them to develop and analyze effective economic, social, and environmental policies. Graduates are prepared to advance as managers and leaders in fulfilling careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, as well as to pursue graduate study.
B.S. in Economics and Policy graduates are well prepared for a variety of private and public sector careers as economists, managers, and leaders at businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and non-governmental organizations around the world, such as:
- Management analysts or consultants
- Policy analysts
- Social science researchers
- Economic development researchers and analysts
Other examples of potential occupations, along with estimated median annual pay in 2021 and projected employment growth from 2021–2031, as reported by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, include:
- Budget analysts—median pay of $79,940, job growth of three percent
- Financial analysts—median pay of $95,570; job growth of nine percent (faster than the average for all occupations)
- Management analysts—median pay of $93,000; job growth of 11 percent (much faster than the average)
Indeed.com reports the following average base annual salaries for the following occupations:
This degree is also excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of fields—such as economics, political science, public policy, and public administration—that open doors to occupations that typically require a master’s degree. Examples, shown with U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, include:
- Economists—median pay of $105,630; job growth of six percent
- Political scientists—median pay of $122,510; job growth of six percent
The multidisciplinary B.S. in Economics and Policy curriculum includes courses in political science, economics, statistics, econometrics, political economy, organizational theory, and program evaluation. The program is designed to prepare students to investigate and analyze complex economic and policy issues and to develop effective data-driven solutions.
Admission to Illinois Tech is required to enroll in the B.S. in Economics and Policy program. Current Illinois Tech students should consult their academic adviser to transfer into the program.
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For questions about Stuart School of Business degree programs or the application and enrollment process, contact our Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Strategy Brian Albertsen.
Meet your professors! Here are some of the faculty from Stuart School of Business and Lewis College of Science and Letters who teach courses in this program.
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Do you have questions about Stuart School of Business degree programs or the application and enrollment process? Connect with our Director of Recruitment and Enrollment Strategy Brian Albertsen.