Department of Economics

Clarion University's Economics programs equip graduates with the tools needed to adjust and advance in a continually changing world. Studies in economics emphasize using economic principles to solve business problems. Economics faculty provide opportunities for students to develop the ability for abstract thinking and quantitative reasoning in addition to a practical working knowledge of economics. 
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National Model UN Conference

Clarion University had 14 students participate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York.

As delegates for the Republic of Costa Rica, they interacted with many other delegations in seven different UN committees and worked on resolution papers on different crucial topics. Both business and non-business majors attend this conference every year. (Read more)

Economic Careers

Our graduates find employment in a variety of professional fields including financial analyst, management, economist, account executive, budget analyst, consultant, banking, labor relations, national intelligence, community development, utility management, and forecasting. 

The top five employers are:

  • U.S. Federal Government (Social Security Administration, Dept. of Agriculture, EPA, Dept. of Commerce)
  • Federal Reserve
  • PA State Government
  • Northwest Savings Bank, PNC Financial Services, FNB Corporation, First Commonwealth Bank, Fidelity Trust
  • UPMC

Our degree programs also provide strong preparation for graduate education. In a recent survey of graduates, over 60% reported some type of post-graduate study. The most frequent graduate fields selected were MBA, law, and economics.  Listed below are some of the schools our recent graduates have attended:

  • Harvard Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Virginia University
  • American University
  • University of Maryland
  • Suffolk University 


Our students are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities.  Internship partners include:

  • Various International Internships
  • Northwest Savings Bank
  • S&T Bank
  • Brookville Equipment
  • PA State Government
  • Penn DoT

Economics faculty members and student present at the 2017 Midwest Economics Association Conference  

Drs. Sandra Trejos and Boniface Yemba presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 1st. Their paper on Life Satisfaction and Economic Growth in Asia was part of Session 7H on Growth Policies. Dr. Trejos also discussed paper on Institutions and the Growth Elasticity of Poverty Reduction and chaired undergraduate student session 2L on Macroeconomics. She discussed two of the students papers as well. 
Dr. Inoussa Boubacar's paper on Land  Holding Disparities and Consumption Volatility: the Case of South Africa was part of session 6J on Institutions and Welfare. He discussed paper on Trade and Terrorism: A Disaggregated Approach and chaired session 2M on Effects of Trade. 
Kalyn Kerr, Clarion University student majoring in Economics, was selected to present her research on The Effects of Decriminalizing Marijuana on Crime Rates, as part of session 4L on Economics of Crime.

Department Contacts

Dr. Paul Woodburne, Chair
333 Still Hall
+1 814 393 2628

Ms. Lori Klepfer, Secretary
339 Still Hall
+1 814 393 2628

Last Updated 3/4/20