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Department of Economics

Bryan School of Business & Economics

462 Bryan Building



Stuart D. Allen, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Caldwell, Link, Neufeld, Ruhm; Associate Professors Bearse, Layson, Leyden, McCrickard (Associate Dean), Snowden (Director of Graduate Studies); Assistant Professors Dawsey, Holland, Rosenbaum, Sylvester; Lecturers Brod (Director of Office of Business and Economics Research), Redmond, Sarbaum, Vaidyanathan; Lecturer Overton

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Economics supports the teaching, research and service mission of the University and the Bryan School of Business and Economics. We strive to offer professional business and liberal arts education that prepares students to enter the competitive global job market, to enhance their careers, and to earn graduate and professional degrees; to provide quality teaching in our mutually supportive undergraduate and graduate programs; to gain national recognition for our scholarship and our graduate programs; and to use our expertise and service to encourage economic understanding among North Carolina citizens and to foster economic development within the Triad and the state.

The Department of Economics provides students with an understanding of economic principles, concepts, and institutions and the ability to analyze economic problems and public policy issues. Economics is a social science concerned with public policy issues such as pollution and the environment, the health system, central bank policy and inflation, unemployment, the productivity of the labor force, economic growth, and international trade and finance.

The Economics Department offers two undergraduate degrees: a liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science through the Bryan School of Business and Economics. Requirements for the B.S. degree include a core of courses common to all professional degree programs in the Bryan School: twelve hours of economics and thirty-three hours in accounting, finance, management, and information systems and operations management, plus additional courses in economics to complete one of the five concentrations: Business and Public Policy; Applied Economic Analysis (quantitative and statistical analysis): Global Economic Policy; Economic Studies; and Financial Economics.

The B.A. degree allows a student to earn a liberal arts degree and to have the flexibility to double major. A major in economics can be combined with a major in areas such as international business studies, geography, political science, history, English, mathematics, and the sciences. Interdisciplinary work in the areas of the environment, regional development, public policy, health, or gerontology can be taken by the enterprising student who seeks out appropriate coursework in a variety of departments. A degree in economics provides the student with enhanced access to the job market and to graduate and professional schools. Additional statistical and quantitative coursework allows a student to develop research skills and computer expertise that are very important for the job market and for entry into graduate programs.

The Economics Department offers a Master of Arts degree in Applied Economics that provides the student with the theoretical and statistical training to enter the job market as a professional economist employed by financial institutions, health organizations, consulting firms, research organizations, and government agencies.

The Economics Department also offers qualified students the opportunity to accelerate their study of economics by taking M.A. courses for graduate credit during their senior year. See Accelerated Master's Programs for Undergraduates for details. The program enables students the opportunity to earn the M.A. degree in one additional year of study.

Teacher licensure is also available for economics majors (see Teacher Education Programs).


Honors in Economics


For Honors requirements, check with the departmental office and see the University Honors Program information.


Economics as a Second Major

Completion of a second major in economics is a good choice for students in other social sciences, mathematics, and other professional areas. The double major can usually be fitted into a normal four-year liberal arts course of study. In highly structured professional programs, additional hours beyond the minimum required for graduation are necessary.

Students who double major in economics and another field must complete all major requirements in both areas as well as the general requirements for the degree which they are seeking.


Accelerated Master’s Programs for Economics Majors

Interested students should see Accelerated Master’s Programs for Undergraduates for details about the B.A./ M.A. in Economics or B.A. in Economics/M.P.A. in Public Affairs program requirements.