Calvin's economics graduates are equipped to further God's kingdom in the fields of business, finance, law, government, health policy, higher education and more. Economists help us understand the patterns and principles that determine the trajectory of our current economy.

Overview

Calvin's economics program is consciously founded on Christian values and competes with the best undergraduate programs in the country. It offers courses in a variety of topics related to economics, including money and banking, public finance, environment and natural resources, emerging international economies, human resources, healthcare, urban growth, government and world poverty.

Students majoring in many areas, such as political science, business, mathematics, pre-law, international development or public health often find a second major or minor in economics extremely beneficial in reaching their full potential.

The Calvin economics department is one of the largest and most distinguished Christian economics departments in the country. All full-time faculty have PhDs in their fields from top graduate programs and work with students on today's pressing issues related to health care, development, education, sustainable business practices, banking and public policy.

Careers in Economics

  • Investment Analyst
  • Real Estate Broker
  • Savings and Loan Associate
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Healthcare Analyst

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Participate in the Econ Club; join Calvin business forum or Global Business Brigades; intern at a local non-profit organization through the Cormenius Scholars Program; assist a professor in summer research through the McGregor Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Edward W. Berends Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400; $4,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is required; business or economics major; demonstrate leadership potential; have a desire to serve God and community through business, economics or public service
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Business as Mission Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is considered; business, economics or international development studies major or minor; planning to go on the off-campus 3rd world development program; be able to articulate a personal testimony and a potential calling for using business skills in developing countries; candidates applying to study in Honduras must be conversationally competent in Spanish
  • application available from the international development studies department in the spring term
C.J. Byeman Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,100
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; pursuing a program in engineering or a business or economics major; resident of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana or Alaska; demonstrate a love for God and a willingness to serve others
  • automatic consideration
DeVos Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,400
  • first-year
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • financial need is required; pursuing a degree in business or economics; preference is given to first-generation college students
  • automatic consideration
Clarence Huizenga Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.30+
  • business or economics major
  • automatic consideration
Immaculate Flight Business Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; business or economics major or pursuing a degree in engineering; male student
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jacobsen Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,100
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.40+
  • financial need is not required; preference is given to those pursuing an education degree
  • automatic consideration
Laurie Ellen Mervenne Scholarship for Women in Economics
  • award amount: $4,700
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; economics major; female; preference is given to those who "dream big and think out of the box"
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Marian Vanden Berg Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.50+
  • financial need is required; preference is given to an econmics major or to someone pursuing a degree in education; demonstrate Christian character and promise of growth through participation and leadership out of the classroom such as community, church and extracurricular school activities
  • prospective students are considered automatically; returning students apply through the Calvin Portal
Lyle and Barbara (Duimstra) Voskuil Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is considered; economics or political science major; preference is given to those interested in international and global relationships and how the world can work together
  • to apply, economics and political science majors should complete the application through the political science department
Vrieland Family Business and Music Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,150
  • any class level
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need is not required; planning to pursue a business or economics major; seeking a career in some aspect of business; involved in some aspect of music while at Calvin
  • automatic consideration
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Faculty

Adel Abadeer

Adel Abadeer
Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
NH 178
aabadeer@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6199

Becky Haney

Becky Haney
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
NH 188
brh22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6338

Roland Hoksbergen

Roland Hoksbergen
Professor; director of International Development Studies program
Department of Economics
NH 164
hoksro@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6369

Steve McMullen

Steve McMullen
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
NH 177
scm9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6460

Kurt Schaefer

Kurt Schaefer
Professor
Department of Economics
NH 176
schk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6298

Evert Van Der Heide

Evert Van Der Heide
Professor
Department of Economics
NH 182
evheide@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6099

Scott Vander Linde

Scott Vander Linde
Professor
Department of Economics
NH 175
vdls@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6477

Talk to us

Kurt Schaefer Kurt Schaefer
Department Chair
Department of Economics
NH 176
schk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6298

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Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Evert Van Der Heide for more information about teacher certification in Economics

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