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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Undergraduate Program

Economics affects all aspects of life. More than prices and money, economics is the study of how people, households, businesses and governments make choices under scarcity. Learn how to think critically, make informed decisions and apply your analytical abilities to issues affecting individuals, businesses, governments and entire nations. Pursue a career in banking, insurance, finance, consulting or government or prepare to enter a professional or graduate program in law, foreign service, labor relations or business. This major is offered in the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Nebraska Difference


Hands-on research opportunities as a Bureau of Business Research Scholar


Get involved with six research and outreach centers housed in the Department of Economics


Free 1-to-1 tutoring, academic advising and career coaching

Two Pathways For Economics

You can major or minor in economics in the College of Arts and Sciences or College of Business. Each pathway prepares you for your future career and offers the same required courses of calculus, macroeconomics, microeconomics and statistics. When choosing a college, think about your other interests, the general requirements of the college and available scholarships. View the four-year plans or meet with an academic advisor to see which option is best for you.
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Program Features

Faculty as Experts and Mentors

Our faculty are distinguished experts who have either international experience or a background in business and government. They also advise local, state and federal governments, international organizations, law offices, banks and other businesses. 

National Leader in Economic and Financial Education

The National Center for Research in Economic Education provides a unique opportunity for you to specialize in economic education in an academic department. 

Focus and Range 

Dive deep into your economics major while taking a wide variety of courses that prepare you for your career goals. This major’s courses represent 12 areas of economics including: economic theory, comparative international and regional development, econometrics, economic education, economic history, industrial and organization and regulation, quantitative economics, international trade and finance, institutional economics, labor economics, monetary economics and public finance. 

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Notable Courses

To earn your bachelor’s degree, you will take 120 credit hours of courses, equating to four or five courses per semester, on average.
Intermediate Macroeconomics–Quantitative (ECON 311A)

Study aggregate production, savings, investment, inflation, and market economy performance with detailed analysis of aggregate demand and supply.

Economic Data Visualization and Analysis (ECON 315)

Develop data analysis skills, work with real-world data, and combine economic theory, statistics and data visualization to study socio-economic issues.

Introductory Econometrics (ECON 417)

Learn to use mathematical methods to describe economic relationships like capital, interest rates and labor. Apply models to inform economic policymaking.

Economics of the Less Developed Countries (ECON 423)

Investigate development problems and the significance of land, labor and capital in less developed countries. Study international trade theories and their impact on economic development.

Gender Economics and Social Provisioning (ECON 445)

Explore the field of feminist economics by examining critiques of economic theory and policy. Household decision-making, the care economy and the feminization of labor markets.

Public Finance (ECON 471)

Understand the role the government plays in the economy. Analyze policy issues as they relate to taxation, efficiency and equity.

Huskers Do Big Things

Career coaches in the College of Business and College of Arts and Sciences support your career development, including help with resumes, applications and interviewing. This major is also a STEM-designated program. This designation supports international students in obtaining a two-year OPT extension that allows you more time to gain work experience in the U.S.


  • Community development intern, Nebraska Department of Economic Development
  • Public policy intern, Nebraska Alzheimer's Association
  • Legal intern, R. Kevin O'Donnell, P.C., L.L.O.
  • Data analytics intern, Sterling Computers
  • Intern, Federal Reserve Banks
  • Intern, Office of U.S. Senator


  • Brand specialist, Amazon
  • Financial institution specialist, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Investment banking analyst, Stephens Inc.
  • Economic analyst, United States Federal Government
  • Financial analyst, State of Nebraska
  • Geospatial analyst, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Graduate Schools

  • Master of Science in Economics, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • Master of Applied Economics, Georgetown University
  • Master of Science in Finance, Imperial College London
  • Master of Financial Engineering, University of California-Berkeley
  • Juris Doctor, University of Chicago
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences, University of Leeds

Outside the Classroom

Get the most out of your collegiate experience by taking advantage of opportunities to get involved. Challenge yourself and make meaningful connections along the way.


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Work with real data and communicate economic analysis in a proposal.
  • Participate in a game theory or stock market simulation.
  • Write public policy reports using federal budget data.

Career Preparedness

  • Sharpen your critical thinking skills. Develop proficiency in programming languages like R and STATA.
  • Learn how to predict price changes and production planning to better lead teams.
  • Pair your economics major with a minor or second major to broaden your knowledge in a related area, like political science or history.


  • Make friends by joining clubs like the Economics Club, where you’ll discuss current trends and topics.
  • Assist the development of local and global economies by using your education to grow communities.
  • Help people live more fruitful lives by exploring trends and using data to predict human behavior.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Economics major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Kendra Ritchie
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College of Business
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Nicholas Gordon
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College of Arts and Sciences