Economics Club and Honorary Society


It has been our experience that both students and faculty benefit when there is an opportunity to get to know one another outside the classroom. Fortunately, the department has organized a campus club known formally as the Economics Club that is open to anyone interested in economics. Our goals include providing various social and academic activities as well as providing information on employment opportunities. On-campus activities include guest speakers in such areas as economic forecasting, city planning, banking, public utilities regulation, labor problems, and health economics. Off-campus activities include occasional parties and field trips to such places as the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and professional meetings such as the Midwest Economics Association. All students will receive notice of upcoming activities and everyone is encouraged to attend. Don't make the mistake of going through four years of college without becoming involved!

The Economics Department at The University of Akron received a charter in 1966 as the IOTA Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE). The objectives of this international organization are to recognize scholastic achievement and to promote closer ties between students and faculty in the same school and with economists at other schools. A publication outlet for promising undergraduate and graduate student papers in The American Economist, the Journal of Omicron Delta Epsilon, is also an added benefit of ODE membership.

Currently, ODE has over 120 chapters with more than 28,000 members. To become a member of this organization undergraduate candidates must have:

1.    an overall scholastic average of B or 3.0, and;
2.    completed at least 12 credits in economics with an average of B or better.

Undergraduate candidates need not be economics majors, but they must have a genuine interest in economics. The department holds an annual spring banquet where students who meet the requirements are inducted into ODE and receive recognition for their outstanding achievements.

If you are interested in more information about the current activities of the Economics Club, or membership in ODE, please contact the Department's undergraduate advisor, Prof. Elizabeth Erickson.