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 would have on unemployment levels.

As an economist, you may be employed in:

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

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 Arts and 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 Club and 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 Center for International Economic Studies and Research.

A Living-Learning Community brings together business students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

The college's Transfer Student Learning Community gives transfer students the chance to form strong bonds by taking several classes with a small group of business classmates.

Scholarships sponsored by the FIREL and economics departments are available to help you pursue your education. Scholarship information is available at and scholarships.

The College of Business 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 provides business students real-time financial data and news via 12 terminals with Bloomberg Professional software and scrolling stock ticker information.

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

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.

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 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