Why study Economics at MC?

Are you interested in learning how economists explain the Great Recession of 2008? Do you wonder how economics can help us understand the effects of globalization? What can economics tell us about the provision of health care? Economics at Maryville College investigates these questions as an integral part of the liberal arts. The major's primary goal is to cultivate patterns of inquiry that produce economic literacy, independent thinking, and a commitment to lifelong learning and a socially responsible life. Economics majors share a common foundation in microeconomics, macroeconomics, development economics, and history of economic thought. Students then choose from electives such as Money and Banking, Environmental Economics, International Trade, Public Policy, Investment Analysis, and Economic History according to their interests. All students at Maryville College also complete a two-semester research project in their major under the supervision of a faculty member.

In conjunction with the core curriculum, the economics major develops skills in logical reasoning, data analysis and effective communication, which are essential for economists. Like the alums pictured above, many of our economics graduates find employment in banking and financial services. Others work in the areas of teaching, healthcare administration, and policy analysis. Some choose to continue their studies in law, business, agricultural economics and public policy.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

21st Mortgage Corporation
Edfinancial Services
LDA Engineering
Vanderbilt Mortgage Corporation

Meet a current student

Photo of Zach CardwellZach Cardwell ’20
Hometown: Alcoa, Tenn.

Zach loves studying and examining the way the world works from an economical perspective and as an economics major at Maryville College, he has taken advantage of opportunities to do that inside and outside the classroom. He worked as a financial analyst intern for The Dollywood Company and spent two summers as an intern for Carriage Hill Insurance. He plans to go into the insurance industry as an insurance agent. “Having studied economics at MC, I will have an advantage in this field because I will be able to analyze how people make decisions.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduate

Photo of Riley McMillanRiley McMillan '17

Currently: First-year student at Wake Forest Law School

As a student at Maryville College, Riley interned at the Knoxville headquarters of LDA Engineering. Following graduation, she accepted a position as LDA’s full-time business analyst and worked with the CFO/COO on internal research, payroll and invoicing. She began Wake Forest Law School’s four-year dual JD/MBA program in August 2019. After graduation, she would like to get a job clerking for a judge and then start practicing at a firm doing transactional work for businesses. “Maryville College prepared me for these next steps by challenging me and helping me learn,” she said. “My classes in economics, business and accounting have been vital to my understanding of how the economy and markets work.”

Cory EverettCory Everett ’09

Currently: Director of Physician Practices for Blount Memorial Hospital

After graduation, Cory enrolled at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health Administration Graduate program where he earned dual master’s degrees in health administration and business administration. He then returned to Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville to complete his administrative residency. “The liberal arts education at Maryville College gave me a strong foundation in several disciplines, which is essential in modern healthcare,” he said. “Maryville College encouraged multi-disciplinary collaboration, which I utilize on a daily basis in order to accomplish organizational objectives. My decision to pursue economics has proven extremely useful because a primary function of this industry is matching healthcare services with community demand while managing organizational resources.”

Graduate School Placements

Bryan College, Masters of Business Administration
George Mason University, Law School
St. John’s College, Liberal Studies
Trinity College, Dublin, Masters of Business Administration
University of Alabama-Birmingham, Hospital Administration
University of District of Columbia College of Law
University of Memphis, Law School
University of Tennessee, Agricultural Economics
University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Tennessee, Masters of Business Administration
Vanderbilt University, Economic Development