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Students studying HSS

"Your career after school isn't a constant stream of equations. My HSS courses gave me the ability to understand real-world applications for my technical education and enabled me to effectively communicate those ideas to my colleagues."

‑‑Kyle Beasley, RHIT, 2006
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
B.S., Software Engineering
HSS Minors in Political Science and Language and Literature

"I was more than prepared for Stanford's rigorous MBA program. My economics coursework at Rose-Hulman proved to be an excellent launch pad for deeper investigation into managerial decision-making, data analysis, modeling, optimization, and problem solving frameworks."

--Cole Dudley, RHIT 2007
Project Management Consultant, Gaia Interactive, Inc.
BS, EE and Economics

"When you leave Rose-Hulman, you'll be great at solving all kinds of technical problems, but that's only a piece of what you need to succeed in industry. Your customers, partners and teammates will all have different views on the problem and the possible solutions. The HSS classes at Rose-Hulman teach you how to look at the problem objectively, weigh multiple inputs and to effectively communicate the most logical solution. "

- Justin Hutchings, RHIT 2007
Program Manager
Microsoft Corporation
BS Software Engineering, Computer Science
Minor in Political Science

What can you do with an international studies degree?

Our graduates are no longer entering a world of American engineering, they are entering a world of global engineering. More jobs are located outside of the United States, or with companies that are transnational in their activities. New engineers will make professional decisions that have a global impact. The Rose-Hulman International Studies major combines a comprehensive exposure to the geopolitical, humanistic, and environmental dimensions that shape global processes today global studies with a strong technical background, giving you a significant advantage over students coming out of traditional liberal arts-based international studies programs. This opens up numerous exciting career possibilities:

  • Diplomacy - Either for American governmental organizations like the US Department of State or international organizations like the United Nations, World Bank, or International Monetary Fund, etc.
  • Government - the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, the CIA, the National Security Agency, etc.
  • International Business - multinational corporations in a wide variety of industries
  • Law - especially international law, contract law, and patent law
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) - Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, World Wildlife Fund, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, etc.
  • Academia - university level teaching and research

What can you do with an economics degree?

A Rose-Hulman degree in economics, either on its own or in conjunction with a technical degree, can open many doors.  After studying economics you will understand world events better.  Your ability to think critically and analytically will be improved.  You will possess important business skills that will help you succeed as a manager in a large organization or on your own as a technical entrepreneur.  In short, studying economics can provide you with skills fundamental to the pursuit of an interesting career and an interesting life.

Economics is the business degree at Rose-Hulman.  Students who wish to combine their technical knowledge with a solid business background can, through the selection of appropriate courses in economics, graduate with the business acumen needed to excel in today's competitive marketplace.

Beyond business concerns, Economics is also a social science that affords you the opportunity to explore and understand not just markets, but social institutions.  Here are a few career paths open to graduates with economics degrees:

  • Banking and finance - commercial lending, securities brokers, international lending, arbitrage trading
  • Business consulting - demand forecasting
  • Law - Patent law
  • Public administration - government economist or administrator at federal, state or local levels; regional/urban planning; public policy think tanks
  • Public utilities - demand planning or energy trading
  • Actuarial science - insurance industry
  • Academia - secondary social science education, university level teaching and research