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Majors & Concentrations

  • Economics (BA) U305
  • Economics (BS) U717
  • Economics (BA) (Lic) U309
  • Economics (BS) (Lic) U311
  • Economics 2Plus (BA) U777
  • Economics 2Plus (BS) U716

About the major

The Bachelor of Science in Economics builds on an analytical business foundation and develops the student's ability to apply economic reasoning and analysis to economic, business, and policy issues.

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics develops the student's ability to apply economic reasoning and analysis to a variety of economic and public policy issues. This degree provides the flexibility to take a range of university courses and the opportunity to double major outside the Bryan School of Business and Economics.

What's Unique about economics at UNCG?

More than 80 percent of 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. These faculty members are accessible to the students and infuse their research into the classroom.


The department has one of the best terminal master's programs in applied economics in the country. Enter our three-semester M.A. program in applied economics and learn the statistical and econometric techniques to enter the job market on a professional career track. We place more than 90 percent of our M.A. graduates in professional careers, earning between $45,000 and $65,000. The department also offers a Ph.D. in economics, emphasizing the applied microeconomic fields of health, labor, and public economics.

Academic clubs and organizations

  • Economics Club
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics honor society)
  • Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity

Student success stories

  • B.A. major started his career with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C., and was promoted rapidly. The Economics Department provided scholarships to help him through school.
  • B.A. major from the Triad started her career with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., before moving to Wall Street after two years.
  • B.S. major from Greensboro earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees and started her career at the Federal Reserve Board. She now works in London for one of the largest Swiss banks.
  • B.S. major with a second degree in international business and a semester abroad in London started her career as a business analyst for a major bank in Charlotte, N.C.
  • B.A. major started with one N.C. financial firm and moved within the first year to AIG Financial as a financial analyst in the Planning and Analysis Department in Atlanta.
  • B.A. major was hired as a data control analyst by a major bank in Charlotte.
  • B.S. major and accelerated student who took graduate classes his senior year worked as a statistical analyst as a summer intern and started his career at the Research Triangle Institute, N.C.
  • B.S. major was hired by Research Triangle Institute to conduct economic research and analysis.
  • B.A. major, an international student who transferred into UNCG her senior year, received graduate assistantship and fellowship support to enter the M.A. program in applied economics.
  • B.S. major started his career with the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee in Washington, D.C.

Graduate school opportunities

Economics majors are prepared for various graduate school programs and professional careers. Economics majors with either B.A. or B.S. degrees have entered law schools, MBA programs, the London School of Economics, and the Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia.

Accelerated Degree Program

The Accelerated Degree Program allows students to begin taking graduate courses while finishing the B.A. or B.S. 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. The B.A. and B.S. degrees can be finished in three years if the student enters with AP or other college credit.

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