Your future in Economics

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 nation’s economists work for private firms in banking, consulting, financial services, health care, insurance, international trade, labor relations and marketing.

Possible career fields and employers include:

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration or Federal Trade Commission
  • International roles in the federal government, the United Nations, international or nonprofit organizations, and international business and banking firms
  • 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 nation’s 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 your teacher certification through UNT’s College of Education.

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 comparative systems, environmental economics, urban and regional economics, international trade, economics of discrimination, 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 Economics Research Group.

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, Mexico, central Africa, 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, you’ll learn about basic market processes and how income, inflation and unemployment are determined at the national level. Areas you’ll 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
  • 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 hands-on 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.