Close Menu

Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics

You could study economics at just about any undergraduate university and learn the basic theoretical frameworks of the field. In the Applied Economics program at IIT’s Lewis College of Human Sciences, you will move beyond theory. You will learn to use analytical tools for formulating solutions to real-world problems. This level of specialization does not   traditionally happen at the undergraduate level, but at IIT we strive to prepare you to stand out as an innovative leader in society by giving you opportunities as an undergraduate you cannot get elsewhere. A distinct benefit of our program is that you will have access to some of the world’s foremost technology and engineering experts – who also happen to teach at IIT. 

Program at a glance

In the Applied Economics program, you will specialize in policy, international political economy or finance. You also have the option of earning an out-of-degree minor in an area of your choosing.

General Education (46 hours)
Major and specialization (45 hours)
Free elective (36 hours)

You will also participate in an Interprofessional Project, unique to IIT’s curriculum.

Program Requirements

Sample courses

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Behavioral Economics and Game Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Politics of Global Warming
  • Technology for Development
  • Policy Analysis
  • Issues in Globalization
  • International Finance

After graduation

After graduating, you will be an indispensable asset to a wide range of companies and organizations. You could work as a policy analyst, financial analyst, management consultant, or economic development practitioner, among many other options. By focusing on the practical application of economics to another field, you will become an astute problem solver who can compete for jobs across industries.

Learn more

Get in touch: For more information, contact Professor Rebecca Steffenson at, or call our office at 312.567.5132.

Apply: To get started on your application, visit undergraduate admissions.