Economics Major

On Campus and Online Options

Empower your decision making online or on campus

Economics is the study of decision-making. It is a social science concerned with the choices people make and the public policies that affect those choices, including protection of the environment, the quality and cost of health care, business productivity, inflation and unemployment, poverty, globalization, and the material well-being of the residents of both the nation and of the planet.

Now with online and on-campus options, our baccalaureate economics programs provide students with an understanding of economic principles, concepts, and institutions, and prepare students with the ability to analyze a wide variety of business and public policy issues. Both the BA and BS degrees prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors.

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Critical Thinking

Cause & effect relationships direct global markets and microcosms alike. Learn how different things relate to each other and their impacts on decision making.

Money Graph

Quantitative Reasoning

Understand data and data applications in real-world problem-solving.



Our undergraduate degrees provide opportunities to explore synergies with related fields of study and allow the flexibility to double major or prepare for graduate programs.

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General Program of Study

B.S. in Economics B.A. in Economics
General Education 33-34 hours
(11-12 courses)
33-34 hours
(11-12 courses)
Bryan School Pre-Admissions 29 hours
(10-11 courses)
Bryan Business Core 38 hours
(15 courses)
Major Courses 12 hours
(4 courses)
27 hours
(9 courses)
Major Electives 3 hours
(1 course)
6 hours
(2 courses)
Free Electives 5-6 hours
(2 courses)
53-54 hours
(18 courses)

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Develop quantitative reasoning

The undergraduate program at UNC Greensboro offers a robust curriculum through core and elective coursework geared towards students wishing to develop the quantitative skills needed for advanced modeling and data analysis, covering a variety of research and topical interests. Majors have the flexibility to choose curricula to enter the job market after graduation or prepare for an advanced degree such as law school, medical school, or graduate economics programs.

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, setting our students up for success in the job market. Upper-division courses are small, giving students an opportunity to engage actively in discussions with classmates and faculty.

Majors can choose to enrich their undergraduate experience through involvement with UNC Greensboro’s NABE Student Chapter (National Association of Business Economists), IOTA Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon – Economics Honor Society, or prepare for the job market through internships for academic credit. Disciplinary Honors is available to academically eligible students. Undergraduate students may have opportunities to work as assistants on grant-funded research projects.

Undergraduate courses are taught by faculty with their doctoral degrees from schools such as Brown, Carnegie-Mellon, Chicago, Harvard, Michigan, SUNY-Binghamton, Tulane, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Yale. Many of our faculty worked as professional economists before coming to UNC Greensboro and continue to do applied research in their fields of expertise. Faculty members are accessible to students and infuse their research into the classroom.

Career outlook in economics

Majors with a bachelor’s in economics can earn a starting salary around $53,000 and mid career earnings of $100,000 according to national labor statistics. Majors can find employment in government, private business, banking, law, etc. Most professional careers as an economist require an advanced degree. Graduates of our programs are well prepared for entering the job market or continuing their education with an advanced graduate degree such as the MA in Applied Economics or the Ph.D. in Economics offered at UNC Greensboro.

Diverse career opportunities:

  • Actuary
  • Banking
  • Statistician
  • Research Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Adviser
  • Asset Management

Recent job placements:

  • Fixed Income Analyst, Bloomberg, LP
  • Investment Banking Analyst, Cary Street Partners
  • Research Analyst and Business Finance, Coleman Research
  • Financial Services Representative, State Employees Credit Union
  • Venture Analyst, Morgan Creek Capital Management
  • Vice President Portfolio Management, World Business Lenders, LLC
  • Purchasing Analyst, Caterpillar Inc.

Program OFferings

Bachelor of Arts

Builds on a comprehensive liberal arts education in the sciences, humanities, and arts, developing 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.

Bachelor of Science

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.

Students majoring in other Bryan School undergraduate programs can double major in Economics by completing only 4-5 additional economics courses beyond the required Bryan School Pre-Admission and Bryan School Business Core.

Accelerated Master’s

The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Economics allows highly qualified students to begin taking graduate courses while finishing their BA or BS degree. 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.

With appropriate planning, students may achieve both the undergraduate degree in economics and their MA in Applied Economics within 5 years.

Are you career ready?

Internships to get ahead

Gain applicable work experience and practical knowledge through monitored, field-based learning experience in a professional setting. Experiences range from a general career exploration to pre-professional positions which provide valued work experience and network connections with future employers. Recent graduates have found successful job placement through internships. Bryan Undergraduate Student Services offers résumé and cover letter review, search strategies, mock-interviews and more.

Internship for course credit:
ECO 426 Internship: Economic Experiential Learning involves the application of economic analysis and methods and develop professional skills. Speak with your Bryan School adviser or economics faculty mentor for more info.

Skills and certifications

SAS Certified Programmer

Distinguish yourself on the job market with SAS certification, a marketable skill that broadens entry-level employment opportunities and can increase prospective pay-scales. SAS is introduced in the undergraduate program (ECO 355 Econometrics) and skills are fully developed in the MA in Applied Economics program. As a UNCG student, you can self-enroll for FREE online SAS courses specifically geared toward certification exams.

Excel Certified Specialist

Bryan School offers you the opportunity to take the required exam to become an Excel Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. Excel Certification builds on valuable technical skills and can enhance your resume with perspective employers.

Undergraduate research

Independent study, ECO 413 Directed Studies in Economics, earns course credit for investigating economic problems of special interest. Speak with your Bryan School adviser or economics faculty mentor for more info.

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) is involved in state and national initiatives that promote undergraduate research. It supports co- and extra-curricular engagement of undergraduates in faculty-mentored research and creative projects. The URSCO offers undergraduate assistantships, travel support for students presenting their research off-campus, and an annual campus-wide celebration of undergraduate scholarly inquiry.

Military-Affiliated Students

UNCG has been named both Best for Vets and a Military Friendly School. We’re a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and are proud to offer a variety of benefits for veterans, active-duty military, and military-affiliated students, such as:

  • Online application fee waiver for active-duty service members
  • In-state tuition for out-of-state students (in accordance with the Veterans Choice Act)
  • Credit for relevant military service/training
  • Tutoring assistance

For more information on UNCG Military-Affiliated services and benefits, visit

Have Questions?

To learn more about the program and the economics student organizations, contact Ms. Ashley Peters at 336.256.1010 or [email protected]. Or, if you are interested in studying online, you may reach out directly to [email protected].

Ashe Peters

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