Economics


Your future in
Economics

Enjoy collecting and analyzing information? Want a job that could provide opportunities to live or work overseas? Interested in, or closely follow, economic news? If so, you should pursue a bachelorís degree in Economics from the University of North Texas.

At its heart, economics is the study of decision making, and many decisions focus on the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. About 50 percent of the nationís economists work for private firms in banking, consulting, financial services, health care, insurance, international trade, labor relations and marketing.

Possible career fields include working:

  • In the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration or Federal Trade Commission
  • Internationally in the federal government, the United Nations, international organizations, nonprofit organizations, and international business and banking firms
  • In education, such as teaching in secondary schools

Some of our graduates work for Citigroup, Texas Instruments, GEICO and Buxton. Other graduates are pursuing graduate studies in Economics or are enrolled in some of the nationís top law schools.

What we offer

We administer a rigorous curriculum leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. We also collaborate with the College of Business on courses leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics.

In addition to those degree options, we can help you achieve teacher certification (through the College of Education) and offer a certificate in Economic Geography.

Our faculty members provide individual attention so you develop a clear understanding of how to apply economic theory to real-world policy issues. This is accomplished through required courses and electives exploring health care economics, environmental economics, third-world development, money and banking, and other related areas. We also provide you the technical and quantitative skills necessary for graduate study.

Besides the internship and career services provided by the university, we have a dedicated job placement officer who locates internships and job openings and helps prepare you for interviews.

You may gain research experience by working on a project conducted in the Center for Economic Education, the Center for Environmental Economic Studies and Research, or the Center for International Economic Studies and Research.

Our faculty members are well-known experts who have written hundreds of articles and books on general topics and specific fields in economics. They also have worked on projects in Thailand, Poland, Egypt and Central and South Africa.

We fund several scholarships to help you pursue your education.

You can meet other students who share your interest in economics through the UNT Economics Club or the student chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society.

What to expect

In the introductory courses, youíll learn market process basics and how income, inflation and unemployment are determined at the national level. Areas youíll explore in upper-level courses are:

  • Development of economic thought since the Middle Ages
  • Decisions that allow firms to maximize profit
  • Economic issues of the developing world
  • Effects of free trade and protectionism
  • Effects of governmental health care policies
  • How nonrenewable resources can be efficiently managed
  • How to get the most useful information out of economic data
  • Why cities exist and how they develop
  • Why markets fail and strategies to correct that failure

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.