Economics Impacts Every Part of Our Lives
More than just prices and money, economics is the study of choices – how we, households, businesses and governments make choices under scarcity.
Majoring in economics provides a great return on investment.
Students can get involved with six research and outreach centers housed in the Department of Economics.
Economics majors excel on the law school entrance exam (LSAT).
Use Your Skills to Help Nebraskans
Conduct meaningful economic research as a BBR Scholar, working with faculty on impactful projects and gaining research experience.
Impact Trade and Policy
Intern with the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance, where you’ll use your economics skills for the greater good.
Collaborate With Faculty
Research various economic policy issues alongside faculty in the UCARE program.
Attend Lunch and Learns
Meet professionals and discuss different career options with your economics major. Recent examples include the Nebraska Bankers Association and Federal Reserve.
Study Economics in England
Spend four weeks studying economics and/or Shakespearean literature in classes taught by University of Oxford professors in Oxford, England. The most popular study abroad program at Nebraska, this program provides opportunities to discover history, enjoy theater, have high tea, play rounders and experience the horse races at Sandown Park.
Learn Business in Barcelona
Enjoy a summer or semester in Spain learning about economics among other business courses at the Institute for American Universities (IAU), while you take in the architecture, cuisine and history of Barcelona. Internships are also available.
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Two of the 25+ business related student organization focus on economics. These clubs provide a great opportunity to grow as a leader, gain experience and make meaningful connections.
Promotes the study of economics. Recognizes students of high achievement as a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society for economics.
Provides business consulting services to local nonprofits to apply classroom experiences while advancing the goals of these organizations.
You can take this major as a student in the College of Business (CoB) or the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). Learn more how to choose what’s best for you.
Explore the curriculum through each college’s 4-year plan for the economics major. To earn your bachelor’s degree in economics, you’ll take 120 credit hours of classes. That’s four to five classes a semester, on average.
Intermediate Macroeconomics – Quantitative (ECON 311A)
Gain a solid understanding of aggregate production, savings and investment, and inflation. Dive into a detailed analyses of aggregate demand and supply before reviewing various models of a market economy's performance.
Economic Data Visualization (ECON 315)
Develop practical data analysis skills and gain hands-on experience working with real-world data. Learn how to combine economic theory, statistical analysis and best practices in data visualization to study important economic and social issues.
Econometrics (ECON 417)
Understand how mathematical methods are used to describe the relationship between economic forces, such as capital, interest rates and labor. Turn theoretical economic models into useful tools for economic policymaking.
Economics of Less Developed Countries (ECON 423)
Investigate development problems and the significance of land, labor and capital in the economic growth of the less developed countries. Examine theories and strategies relating to international trade and how these impact a country’s economic development.
Economics of Gender and Race (ECON 445)
Explore the field of feminist economics by examining critiques of economic theory and policy along with household decision-making, the care economy and the feminization of labor markets.
Public Finance (ECON 471)
Understand the role that the government plays in the economy. Analyze policy issues as they relate to taxation, efficiency and equity.
The Department of Economics is housed within the College of Business. However, all undergraduate courses are offered to majors and minors in both the College of Business (CoB) and the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS). One can pursue a career in economics having majored or minored in either the CoB or CAS. Most students choose to study economics through the College of Business, which requires additional business core classes - nine hours of which overlap with the major requirements.
The economics courses required by both colleges are identical. When choosing a college, you should think about what other interests or majors you have, the general requirements of the college, and the scholarships and financial aid available. View the four-year plans or meet with an academic advisor to see which option is best for you.
Economics (College of Business) 4-Year Plan
Economics (College of Arts & Sciences) 4-Year Plan
You can build upon your knowledge 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.
At Nebraska, you can take a well-rounded blend of courses and concentrate in one or two specialized areas of economic study listed below:
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: