North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose economics at North Central College?

Working closely with our well-respected faculty, you’ll develop not only your quantitative skills but also your reasoning and decision-making skills. Using examples from today’s headlines to evaluate the theories that affect public policy and market forces, you’ll discover how best to draw conclusions from data and present your findings convincingly. This careful training will serve you well in virtually any career, since thoughtful decision makers are always in demand.

You can also:

  • Collaborate with powerhouse professors recognized as teaching fellows for their excellence in teaching.
  • Visit the nearby Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Board Options Exchange and Federal Reserve.
  • Apply for competitive internships and job opportunities arranged through faculty and alumni networks or through our Career Development office.
  • Join student organizations like the Bulls and Bears finance club, which arrange networking events and guest speakers.


North Central College recognizes high-achieving students for academic and co-curricular excellence throughout their college careers on Honors Day.
With topics spanning politics, business, shoulder injuries, coffee and rock stars, students take advantage of academic opportunities outside the classroom.
North Central gains momentum in growth, reputation, value.



  • Research analyst, Waddell and Reed, Naperville
  • Retirement planning, Northwestern Mutual, Lombard, IL
  • Intern, finance department, OfficeMax, Naperville
  • Chicago climate exchange regulatory extern, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Chicago
  • Operations intern, Evergreen Private Bank, Oak Brook, IL
  • Criminal investigator, DuPage County Public Defender’s Office, Wheaton, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent gradates in economics have been accepted at:

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Bath (England)
  • Iowa State University
  • Clemson University (South Carolina)
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Missouri 


Recent graduates in economics include:

  • Systems analyst, Accenture
  • Northern Trust
  • Pricewaterhousecoopers
  • Analyst at MUFG Union Bank
  • Health Benefits Analyst Segal Consulting
  • UBS Financial Services
Economics major

Curt wanted a college that offered flexibility and opportunity. He found both at North Central.  

The College’s trimester schedule made possible a yearlong internship at a nearby Fortune 500 company. One of his professors helped secure the internship with a personal recommendation. “Many of the faculty members spend significant time outside of academia which makes them viable resources for career advice and professional development.”

Curt landed a second internship at a prestigious investment firm, which is a recruitment program for the company. His fellow interns hailed from Yale, Princeton, Northwestern and other big universities.

“The internship included networking opportunities, a...

Economics major

When she arrived at North Central, Claudia knew she wanted international travel to be part of her college experience. By her senior year, she had logged 63 weeks of study abroad. She spent much of her time overseas immersed in economics research, and during one of her trips she began to ponder the significance of the free movement of people between countries that ultimately became the basis of a Fulbright Grant research proposal.

Claudia’s proposal was one of 11 chosen for work in the European Union. Just 36 hours after hearing this good news, she learned that she’d also won a second prestigious award–the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, which funds a two-year master’s degree in economy, state and...

Economics major

It’s easy to discover Edvard’s interests. From the International Club, Finance Club and Student Governing Association, where he served as comptroller, Edvard is all things international and economics. Originally from Haiti, Edvard tutors French, studies German, and speaks Creole, Spanish, French and English.

He secured a Richter independent study grant from North Central to travel to Bhutan, a small country between India and China, to conduct research about gross national happiness (GNH), an economic and anthropological analysis of happiness. He observed everyday Bhutanese culture and conducted formal interviews with scholars and government officials to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the GNH...

Actuarial Science, Economics, and Finance triple major

When it came to choosing a career, Eva knew exactly where she belonged. In high school, Eva’s love of mathematics grew to include economics and finance. Combining these interests with an enthusiasm for solving real-world problems made a triple major in actuarial science, economics and finance a perfect fit.

Eva is already benefitting from her experience in these majors. At the College’s annual Fall Interview Day, Eva interviewed with her current employer.

“Fall Interview Day is an opportunity for actuarial candidates to meet with prospective employers and interview for internships and full-time positions. This led to me doing what I love for a living!”

Eva also feels that she has benefitted...

Economics major

Yen no longer considers her North Central professors her college mentors.

“They’re my life mentors,” says the Vietnam native. “They've given me so much valuable advice about my career, but they also build personal connections that I’ll cherish forever. They care about my country and my culture and listen to my personal stories. These are relationships that won’t go away after I graduate—that’s what makes North Central so strong.”

Yen dreams of becoming the chief strategic officer of a startup or multinational company. She’s studying economics, finance and global studies to prepare.



To prepare for a career in economics, Miguel traveled beyond the country’s borders.

Miguel went to Guatemala the summer of his sophomore year to conduct a directed study with Matthew Krystal, associate professor of anthropology. He helped produce five documentary films related to economic anthropology. He traveled to Brazil the following year, researching the economic impact of soccer’s 2014 World Cup.

“I spoke with people from all economic levels and found many different reactions,” he says. “Researching the event and learning about the culture was extremely valuable to my future career.”

On campus, Miguel is co-president of the International Club, where he helps host global awareness...