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Why economics?

Economics is the study of how people, businesses, and governments allocate their scarce resources. It is a social science concerned with the choices people make and with 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 the nation and of the planet.

Our bachelor’s in economics programs provide students with an understanding of economic principles, concepts, and institutions and the ability to analyze a wide variety of business and public policy issues. Both the BA and BS degrees prepare students for careers in the public and private sectors.

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Bachelor of Arts

Build 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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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.

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 Undergraduate Bulletin.

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Accelerated Degree Program

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.

With appropriate planning, students may achieve both the undergraduate degree in economics and their MA in Applied Economics within 4.5 years.

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Interested in getting started?

Economics majors are encouraged to map out a plan of study to meet academic goals and curricular requirements for their degree. Some economics courses have required prerequisites to enable students to build cumulative knowledge of the subject. Transfer students may meet major requirements to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics within a few short semesters with appropriate planning.

If you are a current student, please consult with your academic advisor in Bryan Undergraduate Student Services before changing your major. Students may also contact the department to speak with a member of the economics faculty for mentorship discussions on specific program curriculum and career pathways.

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What’s special about Economics at UNC Greensboro?

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.

Upper-division courses are small, giving students an opportunity to engage actively in discussions with classmates and faculty. Instruction of these undergraduate classes is 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.

Careers as an economist

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.

Learn critical skills

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

Study Abroad

Enrich your college experience through study abroad!

The first time I studied abroad I went to Plymouth University in the UK and the second time I went to Manchester Metropolitan University. Both experiences have positively impacted me to be more open-minded and increasingly become independent. I received different scholarships to cover my costs during my studies abroad.

Kirubel Aysheshim B.S. in Economics '13, MA in Applied Economics '16

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Study Abroad

Available in Germany, China, Italy, Taiwan, England, Denmark and others.

While in Madrid, Spain, I lived with a host family. My host mother was a children’s book author, who was published by companies such as Mcgraw-Hill and my host father was an architect… During my time in Spain, I visited the Roman aqueducts, saw a bull fight, experienced a local Flamenco dance, tasted the amazing food, and cheered at a professional soccer match. When living in another country with other classmates, you forge a bond that not many people get to experience. To this day I still have close relationships with my host family and classmates.

Alexander Vance B.A. in Economics

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Study Abroad

An experience of a lifetime

For my first semester abroad, I attended our program at LIUC in Castellanza, Italy. From an economic perspective, it was really quite interesting to notice the political differences between all the different member states of the Eurozone while abroad and take note of the price levels and general costs of living. My second semester abroad, I went to our new program at Yuan Ze University in Taiwan. I hold this experience very dear to my heart since I just returned, and it was truly and undoubtedly an extraordinary change in perspectives.

Alexia Foy B.S. in Economics and International Business ’14

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