A major in economics provides a general background that is useful if you are planning a career in law, government service or business. It also provides a strong foundation for those planning careers as professional economists.
The major in economics provides a critical examination of how the economic system works in the United States and throughout the world. You’ll learn analytical and quantitative skills that allow you to develop solutions to various problems/issues in business or public policy spheres.
The introductory courses are surveys of economic problems, policies and theory; the required courses in micro theory and macro theory give a deeper analytical foundation.
Electives permit further study in a wide range of fields, including:
- Capital Theory and Finance
- Economic Development
- Economic History
- Financial Markets
- Income Distribution
- International Trade and Finance
- Labor Economics
- Political Economy
- Public Policy Analysis
- Public Sector Economics
There are many faculty members working on economics-related research, providing you with opportunities to pair with faculty to expand your analytical skills. For example, the Bureau of Business & Economic Research has current opportunities for research projects.
Because professional economists are able to interpret outcomes of actions by governments, businesses and individuals in the context of policy decisions, many have careers as researchers for government agencies, in businesses and consulting firms, and as administrators and managers in a wide range of fields.
Our graduates also have the option of enrolling in the Masters of Science in Applied Economics and graduating from UND with both an MSAE and BBA in five years. If you are considering a graduate degree, if may be helpful to know that economics majors, on average, score higher than any other business major on LSAT scores and other professional and graduate exams.
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