BA & BS Degrees in Economics

About the Majors

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics degree builds on a comprehensive liberal arts education in the sciences, humanities, and arts and develops the student’s ability to apply economic reasoning and analysis to issues of concern in economics, public and social policy, and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The BA in Economics provides the flexibility to take courses outside the department and the opportunity to double major in disciplines outside the Bryan School of Business & Economics. Students in the B.A. program can choose to double major in the liberal arts, the social sciences, or the natural sciences.
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The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics builds on the analytical business foundation required of all Bryan School of Business & Economics students and develops the student’s ability to apply economic reasoning and analysis to business and public policy issues. Curriculum under the B.S. degree provides the opportunity to develop synergies with other areas of study within the Bryan School.

Additional information about the specific requirements for receiving the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts degree, or Minor in Economics can be found in the UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin.

What’s special about Economics at UNCG?

Principle and intermediate courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics provide an introduction to terminology, theory, functions and critical thinking to develop an empirical understanding of economics for success in the job market. The undergraduate program offers a robust curriculum through electives geared towards students wishing to develop the quantitative skills needed for advanced modeling and data analysis or a variety of research and topical interests such as:

  • American economic history
  • economic growth
  • entrepreneurship
  • environmental and natural resources
  • European integration
  • health
  • industrial organization
  • international economies
  • labor
  • managerial economics
  • money and banking
  • policy
  • sports
  • technology

Transfer students may meet major requirements to earn a bachelors degree in economics within a few short semesters with appropriate planning. Some economics courses have required prerequisites to enable students to build cumulative knowledge of the subject, and to apply that knowledge in a broad selection of economics study interests. Economics majors are encouraged to map out a plan of study to meet academic goals and curricular requirements for their degree. The department has provided an Economics Course Prerequisite Flow Chart to illustrate academic progression of economics courses. Transfer credit, equivalency courses, and course substitutions are primarily assessed through Bryan School Student Services.

Upper-division courses are small, giving students an opportunity to engage actively in discussions with classmates and faculty. Instruction of these undergraduate classes are taught by faculty with their doctoral degrees from schools such as Brown, Carnegie-Mellon, Chicago, Harvard, Michigan, SUNY-Binghamton, Tulane, UNC-Chapel Hill, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Yale.  Many of our faculty worked as professional economists before coming to UNCG and continue to do applied research in their fields of expertise. These faculty members are accessible to students and infuse their research into the classroom. Undergraduate students may have opportunities to work as assistants on grant-funded research projects.

Career as an economist

Both the BA and BS degrees prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors.  According to a report released by the Center for Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, students majoring in business economics (similar to our BS) and in economics as a social science (similar to our BA) had lower rates of unemployment and higher entry-level and experienced worker salaries than students in most other college majors.  The report goes on to say that workers holding graduate degrees in economics see an even greater return on their investment of time and human capital. Explore “What Can I Do With This Major?” for additional information about potential career pathways for economics majors.

Kiplinger’s online magazine ranks Economics at #4 in the Best College Majors for Your Career.

The Economics Department at UNCG has one of the country’s best professional programs leading to the MA in Applied Economics.  Our three-semester MA program teaches you the advanced economic theory, policy analysis, and data analytic techniques to enter the job market on a professional career track.

More than 90 percent of our MA graduates enter the job market as professional economists earning between $55,000 and $80,000.

Our department also offers a program leading to the PhD in Economics emphasizing the applied microeconomic fields of health, labor, technology and innovation, and environmental economics.

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Economics Club
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (international honors society in economics)
  • Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity

Scholarship opportunities

Economics majors and students of the Bryan School may be eligible for scholarship. Bryan School scholarships for the next academic year have an application priority deadline of March 1st.  Financial Aid provides a multitude of resources to UNCG students to help make their higher education more affordable for qualifying students.

Graduate school opportunities

Economics majors are prepared for various graduate school programs and professional careers.  Economics majors earning either the BA or BS degree have entered law schools, MBA programs, and PhD programs at many prestigious universities.

Unique opportunity — ADP in Economics

The Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) in Economics allows highly qualified students to begin taking graduate courses while finishing the BA or BS degrees.  Up to 12 semester hours of graduate courses can be counted toward both the bachelor’s degree and the Master of Arts in Applied Economics, saving students both time and money.