Students in an Economics lecture at Rockhurst University

Program Description 

Economics is the foundation of our complex global society, affecting everything from business to politics to culture. It’s safe to say that to study economics is to study the fabric of the 21st century world.

By studying international trade, environmental sustainability, global development and justice, as well as the intersection of law and economics, students in the Economics program become prepared to analyze and formulate policy to impact all aspects of society. Students learn to analyze human problems not in some theoretical vacuum, but in the living context of different government administrations, geopolitical events and business cycles. Through this active analysis, graduates of the Economics program are empowered to propose effective, integrated solutions to change the world.

Due to the breadth of the economics discipline, the faculty in Rockhurst’s Economics program work closely with students to help them tailor their coursework toward their intended career. Students emerge from the program prepared for myriad professional and graduate study opportunities in economics, law, government, business, finance, education, non-profit and public policy.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Formulate and argue policies that impact the economic environment, reflect on the impact of those policies upon oneself and one’s community in order to potentially effect beneficial public policy
  • Distinguish and apply both positive and normative economic tools to define and debate economic issues and policy.
  • Recognize and analyze issues relating to ethics and social justice to propose and defend courses of action to create a more just world.
  • Define, describe, demonstrate and apply intermediate level economic theory.
  • Apply scientific method to develop new knowledge
  • Integrate relevant cultural, social, political, historical, geographic and environmental factors into the analysis and debate of economic issues and courses of action.
  • Identify, access and analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative information to evaluate economic issues/problems, to develop forecasts and to select and evaluate appropriate courses of action
  • Produce and deliver effective written and oral communications in a variety of contexts using appropriate technologies

Course Map 

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Internships: Rockhurst University’s Career Services helps students search for internships consistent with their interests. Examples of internships economics students have secured include those with corporate entities, nonprofit organizations, and government or quasi-government bodies.
  • Networking: Students have tons of opportunities to network with prospective employers both through the Helzberg School of Management and Rockhurst University Career Services events such as Leadership & Ethics Day, Dinner with the Industry and Meet the Firms.
  • Magis Leaders Program: Students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long, enhanced professional readiness program. With their mentor from the community, each student in the program will assess and adjust their personal and professional skills to enhance their performance in organizational settings.
  • Economics Club: A student driven club mentored by faculty, the Economics Club provides opportunities for student leadership, examination of current events and their economic impacts, book discussions and social and networking opportunities for those interested in economics.


After graduation Economics students may go directly into their chosen career path or pursue graduate study in areas such as Economics, Law, Public Administration, Political Economy and Development, Business, Data Analytics and Environmental Policy. Recent graduates include:

  • Tess Hart, ’13, International Development Fellow, Catholic Relief Services, Niger
  • Guy Kirby Montgomery, ’09, Director of Product and Design, MSTS, and Co-Founder, TheraWe Connect, Kansas City, MO
  • Rachel Franklin, ’16, Analyst, Data and Analytics Group at The Advisory Company, Washington, DC
  • Danielle Naven, ’09, Community Partnerships Manager, goTenna, New York, NY
  • Phillip Steiner, ’13, Social Science Research Analyst, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, MD
  • Maria Butz, ’10, CEO, TheraWe Connect, and Branch Lead, Crawfod-Butz Insurance, Kansas City, MO
  • Grant Otte, ’18, Strategy and Innovation Team, Amigos for Christ, Nicaragua
  • Reece Clark, ’11, Technology Transactions & Data Privacy Associate, Polsinelli Law Firm, Kansas City MO
  • Nickolas Spelger, ’16, Senior Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
  • Tim Opitz, ’09, General Counsel, Renew Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Trey Malone, ’10, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI