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As an economics major you will take a well-rounded blend of courses and concentrate on one or two specialized areas of economics including economic theory, comparative international and regional development; econometrics; quantitative economics; economic education; economic history; institutional economics; industrial organization and regulation; international trade and finance; labor economics; monetary economics; and public finance.

You may build depth into your program by taking additional courses in your area of interest in economics or you may wish to complement your economics major by completing a second major. For example, a student planning a career in the foreign service would benefit most from courses in international economics. A prospective corporate lawyer might take courses in industrial organization or public finance. Someone planning to get an MBA should take intermediate microeconomics and macroeconomics. A future urban planner would benefit from a course in regional development.

You may also consider completing a minor. A minor in mathematics, for example, can help you develop the quantitative and problem-solving skills used by economists. A careful choice of a second major or a minor can help prepare you for the job market and graduate programs.

Because of the extensive variety of courses, areas and options, your advisor will help you determine which courses are best for your career goals. Talking with professors, fellow students, and visiting professionals will also help you make these decisions.

Economics Major

Use the Course Catalog and Four-Year Plan links below to see the list of required and elective courses.

Course Catalog - Business

Course Catalog - ASC

Economics Four-Year Plan - Business

Economics Four-Year Plan - ASC

High School Admission Requirements
  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of mathematics
  • 3 units of social sciences
  • 3 units of natural sciences
  • 2 units of foreign language

In addition, you must either rank in the top half of your high school class, or have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher, or have an SAT total score of 950 or higher.

Required Courses for an Economics Major
Course Credits
Economics 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Economics 212 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
Economics 215 - Statistics 3
Economics 311 - Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
Economics 312 - Intermediate Microeconomics 3
Economics 300 or 400 level courses 6
Economics 400 level courses 9
Total : 30
Visit the Nebraska Course Catalog for more details on the courses.

Nebraska Course Catalog

Undergraduate Fields of Study
  • General Economics and Theory
  • Comparative International and Regional Development
  • Economic Education
  • Economic History
  • Industrial Organization and Regulation
  • Institutional Economics
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Labor Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Quantitative Economics and Econometrics

Sample Economics Major Track
Sophomore Year
Fall Economics 211; Economics 215
Spring Economics 212
Junior Year
Fall Economics 311; Economics 3xx
Spring Economics 312; Economics 3xx or 4xx
Senior Year
Fall Economics 3xx or 4xx; Economics 4xx
Spring Economics 4xx
Visit the Nebraska Course Catalog for more details on the courses.

Nebraska Course Catalog

Scholarships & Financial Aid

In addition to the scholarships awarded by the University, the College of Business awards scholarships to incoming freshmen. Incoming students are considered for the College of Business freshmen scholarships if they apply to the University as a business major by the priority scholarship deadline on January 15 of each year. More information can be found at Nebraska's Scholarship and Financial Aid webpage.

Additional scholarships are available for students who have completed 12 credit hours at the University as students in the College of Business. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding students depending upon major, extracurricular activities, grade point average, and financial need.

The College of Arts and Sciences also provides scholarship opportunities for its students. The Dean's Office, in conjunction with the College Committee on Academic Distinction and Awards for Students, chooses recipients for College scholarships and also recommends students for some University scholarships. To be considered for these scholarships, you must be enrolled full-time and currently attending Nebraska at the time of application. You also must complete the College's Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form. Selection criteria may include the grade point average, the major or pre-professional program of study, financial need, class standing, and co-curricular activities. Amounts range from $300 to $3,000 and some scholarships are renewable.


Mann, Christopher
Assistant Professor of Practice
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P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489