Students in either the Economics or the Business/Economics major may earn academic credit for work experience. Students may earn between 1 and 4 hours of academic credit; each hour of credit means 40 hours of work with the internship organization.

An internship has the following learning objectives:

  • to give students an opportunity to apply their classroom work in the non-academic marketplace
  • to encourage students to consider the implications of their faith for their particular vocation
  • to increase students’ awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses
  • the range of opportunities for meaningful vocation, and how to best match the two to provide possible future, permanent employment

Students are responsible for obtaining their own internship in either the private or public sector of the economy. The internship must be approved in advance by the Internship Coordinator.

To be eligible, students must have completed at least 60 hours and at least 16 hours in the major, including BEC 211 and 212. The internship must be supervised and be a new work experience. The work should involve challenging tasks with educational value. The internship may be paid or unpaid, depending on the organization. The internship may not be done in a business owned by family members or where the supervisor is a relative.

Complete information and an application form may be obtained from the Office Coordinator.

Iron Sharpens Iron

ISI is an exciting eight-week immersion program co-sponsored by the Business/Economics department and the Wheaton College Center Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy. The program is a unique blending of the cultural, political, economic and business aspects of a foreign country or region.

Recent trips include:

  • 2010 Eastern Europe
  • 2011 Latin America
  • 2012 China
  • 2013 Africa

This competitive program enables 20 highly motivated students to have a firsthand learning experience. The program focuses on the interaction of political and economic policy, and the effects of globalization on human flourishing, and the economic well-being of countries. This program features on campus and off campus learning, and as part of the course work, student teams, with faculty guidance, will develop research projects designed to be presented at the corporate or policy executive level. More >

Study Abroad

The Department periodically offers a study-abroad opportunity. Students are also encouraged to learn about other study-abroad programs from the Career Services Office or through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities >>.

Honors Program

The Honors Program at Wheaton College offers eligible students advanced independent work, which culminates in a senior thesis and an Honors designation on the transcript and in the graduation program. A total of eight hours are designated as honors credit – four hours from a regular upper-division major course with additional requirements and four hours for the senior thesis honors course.

To apply to the Honors Program, a student must have completed 70 Wheaton credit hours (50 Wheaton credit hours for Transfer students), have an overall GPA of 3.5 and a 3.7 GPA in departmental courses. If the student’s application is approved by the department, the application is referred to the College Honors Committee for final approval.

A grade less than A- in the Honors work will remove the Honors designation from the transcript. One faculty member is assigned to each Honors student and is the supervisor for the student’s entire Honors work.

Complete information and an application form may be obtained from the Office Coordinator. Application must be made at least one year before expected graduation date.

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