The Traditional Track provides a general overview of economic theory and empirical methods, including courses that apply central concepts from microeconomics and macroeconomics to real-world business and policy settings. We call this track “Traditional” because it has the same courses and structure as were recommended for all UNC Economics majors through the 2017-18 academic year.

You might consider this track if you are interested in:

  • Building expertise in the economic approach to markets and human behavior.
  • Jobs or graduate schools that value an analytical perspective on business opportunities and policy issues.


Here is a sample path through the coursework we recommend for the Traditional Track:

Course Number Title Hours
First Year
MATH 231 Calculus of Functions of One Variable I 3
or STOR 113 Decision Models for Business and Economics
or MATH 152 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
STOR 155 Introduction to Data Models and Inference 3
ECON 101 Introduction to Economics (H) 3
Second Year
ECON 400 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics (H) 3
ECON 410 Intermediate Theory: Price and Distribution (H) 3
ECON 420 Intermediate Theory: Money, Income, and Employment (H) 3
Third and Fourth Year
Three 400-level ECON electives 9
One 500-level ECON elective 3
Total Hours 30

(H) Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the non-honors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.


For more information and a complete description of the courses required for an economics major, visit our undergraduate program section.