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Economics Degree Program

Led by a distinguished faculty, the economics program at Hope College is leading the way in Christian liberal arts.

Through engagement with the Christian faith, students not only develop data-driven solutions that solve real-world problems, but they also spend time thinking critically about how they are called to make an impact. 

From envisioning environmentally sustainable business practices to reforming healthcare, economics students at Hope are guided and personally known by an expert faculty with a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching and the historic Christian faith. 


Our students are equipped to pursue a broad range of paths after graduation, including but not limited to:

  • Government and policy
  • Research 
  • Non-profit
  • Business (finance, banking, data analytics and more)

They are also prepared to excel in graduate school admissions, scoring favorably in the LSAT, GMAT and GRE exams.

opportunities to engage

Engagement with professionals, industry and thought leaders
  • 500+ professionals engage in the department each year through career panels, speaker events, lectures, professional-development opportunities and more 
Trips to a variety of cities, firms and organizations
  • Example cities: London, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., Chicago
  • Example firms/organizations: Federal Reserve, JPMorgan, Whirlpool
Experience and applied learning
  • Student/faculty collaborative research
  • Senior research project 
  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Summers Honors Program
  • Internships in business, non-profit agency or policy-oriented organization
Skill-based workshops
  • Corporate valuation workshops (Training the Street, Wall Street Prep)

Student Learning Outcomes

Hope College students completing an Economics degree will have:

  1. Critical Thinking: Enhanced ability to integrate (a) applied and theoretical experiences, and (b) a deep understanding of the content in economics and business, in analytical, problem-solving and creative activities.
  2. Vocational Discernment: Enhanced ability to make decisions around how to live a life of service through awareness of oneself, the needs of the world and how they intersect.
  3. Christian Worldview: Enhanced understanding of how a Christian worldview has been, and can be, applied in economics and business.
  4. Ability to use economic theory: The ability to use economic theory to analyze economic phenomena.
  5. Ability to use quantitative analysis: The ability to use quantitative methodologies to test economic research questions.