Your Future In Economics

Are you good at identifying and analyzing patterns? Do you enjoy working with numbers and breaking down complex problems? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics at the University of North Texas.

Economists devise procedures and use mathematical models to answer real-world questions, such as how long an economic downturn might last or what effects new tax legislation might have on unemployment levels.

As an economist, you may be employed in:

  • Banking
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Retail

Other potential employers include international trade associations or nonprofit and governmental agencies, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some economists work for consulting firms or are self-employed consultants.

What we offer

We teach you a marketable, transferable skill set that makes you a valuable asset to any company. Our curriculum provides a unique view on economics because of the shared resources between the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law (FIREL) in the College of Business and the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Quality instruction is a high priority for both departments. Faculty members are professional researchers, student mentors and dedicated teachers. They’ve earned recognition from the Southern Economic Association and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, among others.

You may network with business professionals through the Economics Student Organization and the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society. The Professional Leadership Program works with corporate partners in the region to get you the skills needed to be competitive in the workforce.

The FIREL department’s placement officer can assist with finding internships and jobs. Some students gain research experience by working in the Center for Economic Education, the Center for Environmental Economic Studies and Research, or the Economics Research Group.

Our Business Living Learning Community gives you the chance to form strong bonds with your classmates. You’ll live on campus with other business students and take several classes with a small group of your peers.

Scholarships sponsored by the FIREL department and the Department of Economics are available to help you pursue your education.

UNT's G. Brint Ryan College of Business, one of the nation’s largest business colleges, is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750; Tampa, Fla. 33602; telephone 813-769-6500). This distinction means the college meets or exceeds strict standards for excellence in education.

Our eco-friendly Business Leadership Building accommodates 8,000 students and promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. The building — which has Gold-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for sustainability — contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and a state-of-the- art general access computer lab.

The Trading Room in the Business Leadership Building offers all College of Business students a state-of-the-art research facility equipped with 12 terminals running Bloomberg Professional software. This gives students access to real-time market data, news and analysis, as well as the opportunity to earn Bloomberg Certification through the self-paced course available through the terminals.

What to expect

While pursuing your degree, you’ll complete 18 semester hours of economics courses and another 12 semester hours of approved supporting courses. The supporting courses are chosen in consultation with the FIREL department chair and your academic advisor.

Necessary coursework addresses:

  • Consumer choice theory
  • Factors affecting employment
  • Financial institutions and money
  • Income level and output
  • National income concepts and measurements
  • Supply and demand analysis