If there's one subject that has been in the headlines almost daily over the past several years, it's the economy. It would behoove leaders on both sides of the political aisle—not to mention the barons of Wall Street—to bone up on economics so that a consensus could be reached on how best to allocate and manage America's resources. There is an urgent need for sharp, fresh minds in the field, and graduates can discover lucrative careers in economics in both business and government. Economics majors are consistently ranked among those who earn the highest median salaries of all majors.
Passing on a wealth of knowledge
John Nunley received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from MTSU in 2004. He subsequently received his M.A. in Economics (2005) and Ph.D. in Economics (2008) from MTSU and with that foundation went on to teach at the university level. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Economics with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has published numerous articles in professional journals.
The legacy of a giant
MTSU celebrated its Diamond Anniversary in 1986 with the theme “Our Year to Shine.” That same year the university's light was intensified when alumnus Dr. James McGill Buchanan (B.A. 1940) received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for his development of the theory of Public Choice, which deals with the techniques of resource allocation. Buchanan, who died Jan. 9, 2013, is honored and remembered through the Buchanan Fellowship, MTSU's most prestigious award given to an entering freshman.