Outside the Classroom
The Department of Economics provides a variety of opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge of economics, or to be recognized for exemplary academic success. These include:
The Student Economics Association – a student group that organizes both social and academic events for majors and minors.
Graduation with Honors in Economics – an option for our highest achievers
The Renelt Award – awarded to a student who exemplifies the academic and personal integrity of Dave Renelt, ’88.
The Economics Research award – awarded to students who are interested in research projects with faculty/
The Garhart Award – awarded to an outstanding student for work on research.
Study Abroad – many students study for a semester or year abroad; faculty in the department have taught economics courses in January in Australia and Botswana.
In addition, majors increasingly undertake research projects with economics faculty advisors as part of the Young Scholars Program, the Collaborative Inquiry Grants program, and the Partnership-In-Learning grants program.
While the Economics Department does not have a formal internship program or requirement, we (and the Career Development Center) try to identify opportunities for our majors. Economic majors at St. Thomas have been actively recruited for internships at local companies and organizations. These include Medtronic, Ernst & Young, Dorsey & Whitney, IBM, U.S. Bank, several area law firms, and Target; they also include government agencies like the U.S. Treasury and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Sometimes these internships lead to full-time employment after graduation.