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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Do you have an analytical mind and a knack for identifying patterns and trends? In this major, you’ll cultivate the quantitative skills necessary to understand economic issues affecting all levels of society. You’ll also experience strengths-based professional development through distinctive courses and gain access to a comprehensive business foundation and award-winning career services such as a personal career coach.

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The undergraduate economics major requires 21 hours of economics coursework beyond the Business Core Foundation of Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics (ECON 211 and 212) and Statistics (ECON 215).

View the list of required and elective courses in our Catalog and Four Year Plan.

Course Catalog Four Year Plan

Explore Fields of Study

As an economics major at Nebraska, you’ll take a well-rounded blend of courses and concentrate in one or two specialized areas of economic study.

  • General Economics and Theory explores general issues related to economics.
  • Comparative International and Regional Development studies regional economic activity.
  • Economic Education evaluates the current state of economic literacy, curricula and the teaching and learning of economics and researches how to improve economic education at all levels.
  • Economic History examines economies or economic phenomena of the past.
  • Industrial Organization and Regulation explores the strategic behavior of firms, regulatory policy, antitrust policy and market competition.
  • Institutional Economics focuses on the role of evolutionary process and institutions in shaping economic behavior.
  • International Trade and Finance addresses why countries trade, consequences of trade, trade policies such as tariffs and more. It also examines international monetary arrangements and institutions (for example the IMF or the World Bank), international lending, foreign aid and the financial aspects of integration.
  • Labor Economics studies the relationship between workers and employers.
  • Monetary Economics explores the different competing theories of money.
  • Public Economics examines government policy through the lens of economic efficiency and equity.
  • Quantitative Economics and Econometrics studies quantitative techniques used to verify economic theory and make decisions.

You can build depth into your program by taking additional courses in your area of interest or by adding a second major. For example, if you’re interested in a foreign service career, you could take courses in international economics; as a prospective corporate lawyer, you might take courses in industrial organization or public finance; a future urban planner would benefit from a course in regional development; or if you plan to earn an MBA or other graduate degree, the intermediate courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics are valuable.

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Find a Career Path

As an economist, you can pursue an academic career, work in the private sector or for a government entity. Most graduates choose to work in research or serve as consultants.

Today’s economists work with problems in the following areas:

  • Economic development
  • Environmental analysis
  • Group policy analysis
  • International business and finance
  • Labor relations
  • Monetary and fiscal policy
  • Monopoly and competition
  • Regional economic development
  • Urban economic issues
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Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to the scholarships awarded by the university, the College of Business awards more than $900,000 in scholarships annually. As an incoming student, you’ll be considered for a freshman scholarship if you apply to the university as a business major by January 15 of each year. Additional scholarships are available if you are a continuing student.

Scholarships and Aid

Maximize Your Expertise
With a Minor

Develop specialized skills and prepare for the job market and graduate programs.

The economics minor is available to all business students. As an economics major, we encourage you to supplement your degree with a minor. For example, a minor in mathematics or business analytics can help you develop the quantitative and technological skills used by economists. Make an appointment in MyPlan to meet with an academic advisor and declare your minors.

Economics Minor
College of Business Minors

Challenge Yourself With Hands-On Research Projects

At Nebraska, you can participate in meaningful economic research through the Bureau of Business Research Scholars Program. As a BBR scholar, you’ll earn a competitive wage, train in advanced economic research methods and have the opportunity to become published. You can also join a variety of student organizations to make friends, meet professionals and gain valuable experience.

BBR Scholars Program Student Organizations


Mann, Christopher
Assistant Professor of Practice in Economics
HLH 525 R
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489