Economics major news!

We have several new opportunities to share with current and prospective economics majors.

1. Tracks for economics majors. We are providing new guidance on paths through the economics major. Follow the links to see sample schedules and more information on each track.

  • Traditional track. A general course of study covering theory and methods in economics.
  • Quantitative track. For students interested in a career or graduate/professional school that draws on modern methods in economic theory and data analysis.
  • Honors thesis track. For students who want to complete their major with an extended research paper and graduate with departmental honors.

2. New courses: Starting in 2018-19 we will offer new courses on:

  • Game Theory (ECON 411). An introduction to strategic interaction in markets and beyond.
    • Pre-requisite ECON 410 or permission of instructor
  • Econometrics (ECON 470)*. An overview of concepts and methods for data analysis.
    • Pre-requisite ECON 400 and 410
  • Economics of Education (ECON 551). Theory and evidence on the impact of education and related public policy.
    • Pre-requisite ECON 400, 410 and co-requisite of ECON 470 or 570* or permission of instructor
  • Advanced Econometrics (ECON 571). Empirical methods to measure the impact of new policies and other actions in markets.
    • Pre-requisite ECON 470 or 570*

3. New opportunities for experiential education. These 500-level classes now satisfy UNC’s experiential education requirement:

  • Advanced Micro Theory (ECON 510)
  • Advanced Financial Economics (ECON 525)
  • Advanced Topics in Industrial Organization (ECON 545)
  • Health Economics (ECON 550)
  • Economics of Education (Econ 551)
  • Topics in International Economics (ECON 560)
  • Applied Econometric Analysis (ECON 570)

(1) How does ECON 470 differ from ECON 570?
ECON 470 differs from ECON 570 by not having the paper requirement and allowing students to enter more deeply into econometric methods. We offer it as a 400-level course to allow more students to take it earlier in their career so that they can later build on the skills in the setting of a 500-level class on a particular topic with a paper. ECON 470 will provide more opportunities for interested students to see economics in action (addressing policy and other real-world issues) in their 500-level classes. We plan to add more 500-level classes in 2019/20 which build off of the skills developed in ECON 470. ECON 570 remains a valuable course that is focused more on applying econometrics and is aimed for graduating seniors who do not have the opportunity to sequence 470 and 500-level course, but still want to learn some applied econometrics. Students may not receive credit for both ECON 470 and ECON 570.