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Mathematical Economics, B.A.

The mathematical economics major integrates mathematics and business through the lens of economics. By taking courses in math, computer science and economics, you will explore ways in which you can apply your love of math to professional fields. Businesses increasingly need experts in quantitative analysis, which means the career opportunities for graduates who are knowledgeable in economics and math are numerous.

Why major in mathematical economics at Whitworth?

  • Get to know your professors through research opportunities, study abroad programs and department events.
  • Develop applied skills that will prepare you for a job in your major. Learn to program computers and to conduct research in math statistics and econometrics.
  • Develop transferable skills that are important in many career fields and in life. Courses will challenge you to become a critical thinker through analysis, reasoning, evaluation, decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Discover your career path. Through our Career and Vocation Seminar, visit workplaces and explore the array of options available to mathematical economics majors.
  • Learn to work with data. Technology allows for the collection of vast amounts of data, and more experts are needed to make sense of it. You will learn to analyze data, extend patterns and make logical arguments about its significance.
  • Have fun and build community with fellow students through clubs, service-learning opportunities and social events. The mathematics & computer science department hosts several parties each year, including a Christmas party hosted by faculty and a Pi Day party.
  • Connect your faith with your learning. You will be encouraged to incorporate your worldview into your classes, for instance by considering the link between miracles and probability.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our mathematical economics grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our grads are well-suited to work in a variety of areas within the business and financial sectors. Many find employment right away as analysts or specialists for retail companies or financial investment companies. Others choose to attend graduate school to pursue careers as economists.

Recent job placements include:

  • Victoria Roberts, portfolio evaluation group associate, Fisher Investments, Camas, Wash.
  • Oliver Rudnicki, financial analyst, Wells Fargo, Spokane
  • Johanna Marcelia, business operations specialist, The Smith Richards Group, Mercer Island, Wash.
  • Aaron Vaccaro, senior associate, WestRiver Group, Kirkland, Wash.
  • Joyce Merkel, foreign exchange trader, U.S. Bank, Chicago

Our recent mathematical economics grads further their studies in top graduate programs at institutions including:

  • Boston University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Clemson University
  • Portland State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Claremont McKenna College

Opportunities outside the classroom

  • Tutor Whitworth students in the math lab.
  • Apply for a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). Whitworth mathematical economics majors have recently completed highly competitive REUs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Help kids get excited about math by getting involved with local competitions such as Math is Cool or MathCounts.
  • Get to know your peers and prepare for your career through Math Club.

Pack your bags!

Bring your textbooks to life through the Math History program. This faculty-led Jan Term program will take you and your peers to England and Germany, where you will visit places where famous mathematicians lived and worked. See the buildings they planned, the art they produced, the equipment they worked with and their inventions. You'll gain an understanding of how mathematical ideas have developed over time and how math has contributed to society and culture.

Ask our faculty

Ask Martha

Associate Professor Martha Gady specializes in math education and statistics.

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