Develop Deep Understanding

If you're passionate about solving society's most pressing problems, then consider studying Economics at UNC. We'll help you build the foundation you need to look at issues such as poverty, unemployment and inflation from a logical, analytical angle.

You'll use traditional and contemporary economic tools and concepts, as well as theories and quantitative analysis, to understand real-world problems.

In addition, the faculty and staff in the Department of Economics work with the outside community and provide services such as economic analysis, economic content training for teachers, and scholarly contributions to the external academic community.

News and Announcements

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Eiswerth for being selected as the 2015-2016 College Scholar for outstanding research efforts in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Eiswerth was recognized along with other faculty members at the 2016 HSS Honors Convocation on April 10.


The Department of Economics also recognized five outstanding students at the 2016 Honors Convocation. Congratulations to Economics majors Leo Chea, Michael Eyasu, Andrew Heyer, Caleb Kirkman and Rebekkah McGuire.

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Charles Miles, Healthcare Analyst Associate
Health Economics Department at Blue Cross and Blue Shield


Economics Emphases

Effective Fall 2015, the Department of Economics implemented emphases so students could align their undergraduate economics degree more closely with their career interests and/or graduate school aspirations. In addition to the traditional Bachelor of Arts degree in economics that they can still choose, UNC students can now earn a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with the following emphases:

 Business Economics

Business Economics

Work as a business economist or enroll in graduate business programs.

Enviornmental Economics 

Environmental Economics

Pursue interests in environmental and sustainability issues.

International Economics 

International Economics

 Bring your skills and expertise to the diplomatic service (typically as an economic attaché) or to multilateral economic organizations.

Public Policy 

Public Policy

Develop your career within local, state and federal government agencies and non-profit organizations.'s much more than you think

Watch this video from the American Economic Association on why getting a degree in economics is useful to all individuals and can lead to many interesting career choices. Hear insights from four diverse individuals on how a background in economics provided them with tools for solving very human problems.