Major

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.


Quantitative Reasoning

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

Customizable

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.

Economics empowers decision making

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.

Our baccalaureate economics programs provide students with an understanding of economic principles, concepts, and institutions, and prepares 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.

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)

Develop quantitative reasoning and gain rich experiences

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 curriculum 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.

 

Alumni experience

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.

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 Program

The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) 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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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 careers opportunities:

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

Recent job placements of our undergraduates

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.

Study Abroad

International Economics and Finance - Course Excursion Abroad

UNCG students may earn course credit for ECO 300 International Economics and FIN 315 International Finance while traveling to Dublin, Ireland. The study abroad excursion is available in summer session only.  Please see the International Programs Center for more details. Space limited. Apply by the priority date.

  • Earn credit for ECO 300 (International Economics) and FIN 315 (International Finance)
  • Stay at University College Dublin (UCD) – Ireland’s premier university
  • Attend lectures at the world-renowned Geary Institute for Public Policy
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Trinity College and other towns/sights
  • Tour Guinness Brewery and the Teeling Distillery production facilities
  • Work on a project at UCD’s Innovation Academy
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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

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

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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Contact the Department of Economics

To learn more about the program and the economics student organizations, contact Ms. Ashley Peters at 336.256.1010 or arpeter2@uncg.edu.