The Madison College economics department believes that gaining a better understanding of economics is critical to better understanding the world in which we live. Economics is the study of decision making by individuals, businesses and nations in the face of limited resources.

Economics has recently become a popular major. The economic way of thinking provides insight across a wide variety of topics such as health care, labor, government, business, poverty, market failure, globalization and more.


Economics Courses

Check out the full Course Catalog or follow the individual links below.

Qualified students who enroll in the Madison College Honors Program have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member to research and develop an Honors Project in a particular discipline. By completing an Honors Project, you will receive general elective credits that may count toward your degree or certificate.


Full-Time Faculty

Lindsay Amiel (Department Chair)
Office: D3619, Truax Main Building
Phone: (608) 243-4226

Ron Dunbar
Office: B2240, Truax Main Building
Phone: (608) 243-4192 

Jennifer Tracey
Office: B2240, Truax Main Building
Phone: (608) 246-6476 

Afia Yamoah
Office: B3235, Truax Main Building
Phone: (608) 243-4747

Part-Time Faculty

John Peck

Christopher Swift



Interested in studying economics at a four-year college or university?

The goal of our economics courses is to train you to think analytically about issues and to provide a solid foundation for careers in economics and similar fields. There are many career paths available to economics majors, including work in:

  • Business, Banking and Finance
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Policy
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • International Trade
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Planning

Economics career paths often involve more mathematical and computational skills than other careers. Talk with an advisor to discuss your options and the best pathway to meet your goals.  

To learn more about the earnings and career paths of economics majors, check out these resources from the American Economics Association and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Online Economic Resources

  • Free Textbooks: Openstax College has a collection of peer reviewed, open access textbooks for Principles of Economics, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics. 
  • Khan Academy has a library of videos explaining dozens of different economic concepts. 
  • Crash Course Economics are a series of videos on popular economic concepts produced by the Green Brothers. 

Madison College Resources