Why Study Math?
The study of math goes beyond numbers and equations. You will learn to problem solve; communicate complex ideas; and create, understand, and critique arguments—all critical skills that will prepare you to work in any job that requires analytical thought. Many fields are open to math majors, including actuarial science, computer, engineering, financial analysis, investment, law, science, statistics, and teaching.
Dr. Rachelle Ankney combines mathematical sciences with a passionate fight for justice, teaching her students about the systemic causes of inequality in our society and how they can use math to work for change. Dr. Ankney co-authored the textbook Just Math with Dr. Aaron Kaestner. The textbook covers general education math topics with social justice applications.
Our Just Math course combines mathematical principles with service learning and urban engagement by using math to reveal systemic injustice in Chicago. The class has conducted demographic research on income, employment, and race in Cook County for a regional social justice organization, which will use the data in legislative advocacy efforts.
Alumni Graduate Schools and Careers
Students have gone on to careers in computer programming, engineering, education, and consulting, and pursued graduate work in pure math, applied math, statistics, and education. Some of our recent grads include a math instructor at the University of Iowa, a financial services professional for a large industrial company, and a quality assurance analyst for an online instructional website that specializes in math and science courses.
Actuarial science is a branch of mathematics and statistics that focuses on risk and managing risk, and the actuary career is consistently ranked as one of the most sought-after and high-paying positions in the market today.