EconomicsCollege of Business Administration

What you will learn

Majoring in Economics is the key to a high paying job in any one of hundreds of industries. When you graduate from the UNL Department of Economics not only will students be qualified to find a good job straight out of school, students will have the skills and talents they will need to succeed in future graduate work; whether it be a Ph.D. in Economics, an MBA or a Jurist Doctorate. Most importantly, students will develop analytical skills that will give them the ability to understand the world and lead a rich and active life regardless where the path the future takes them.

Career Opportunities

Graduates often go on to careers in banking, Foreign Service, government, insurance, international business and teaching. The major also offers career opportunities as a business, financial or systems analyst. Some graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees in economics, law, finance, statistics, economic education, and business.

The NEBRASKA difference

Our distinguished Economics faculty members consistently strive to make economics accessible to majors and non-majors alike. In fact, many faculty have been honored with teaching awards for their efforts.

The Department of Economics at UNL offers the opportunity for intensive study in 12 specialized economic areas; economic theory, comparative international and regional development, econometrics, economic education, economic history, industrial and organization and regulation, quantitative economics, international trade and finance, institutional economics, labor economics, monetary economics, and public finance.

The Economics Department houses several centers and special programs in which students are invited to become involved. Students may be able to take an active role in research through an internship at the Bureau of Business Research or study in the honors program through the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. Additionally, the Economics Department houses the Center for Economic Education, the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE), the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, and the National Center for Research on Economic Education.

The Department of Economics houses the prestigious Journal of Economic Education, which offers original articles on teaching economics. The journal is published quarterly in cooperation with the National Council on Economic Education and the Advisory Committee on Economic Education of the American Economic Association; UNL Professor of Economics, Dr. William Walstad serves at Editor of the Journal.

Internships / Clubs

In addition to numerous student organizations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, economics majors are invited to attend a variety of programs, debates and guest lectures, some of which are sponsored by Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society. Students may become involved in research as interns at the Bureau of Business Research. Faculty members provide guidance as students work to complete their major. Students may be able to improve work skills, learn about specific jobs, earn college credit, and earn a salary at the same time.

Alumni / Faculty

The Economics Department has 18 professors, all with doctorates, as well as either international experience or backgrounds in business and government. One third of the faculty has received distinguished teaching awards including the prestigious Nebraska Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and UNL's "Outstanding Educator" for 2010.

Several faculty have authored best-selling textbooks including Dr. William Walstad, who co-authors Study Guide for use with Economics, a textbook used by over 13 million students. The faculty works as advisors to local, state, and federal governments, international organizations, law offices, banks, and other businesses.

Our professors have notably served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Education Congressional Budget Office, General Accountability Office, President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, Educational Testing Service, American College Testing Service, the Nebraska Department of Education, and the Nebraska Governor's Budget Office.

Our faculty has also served as consultants for several foreign governments including the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Macedonia. Two faculty members are fellows are the Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany, and one consults for Société Française de Réalisation, d'Études et de Conseil. Many have taught at overseas universities such as Moscow State University, Tajik State National University, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and Senshu University, Tokyo, Japan.


The Department of Economics in the College of Business Administration offers wireless internet throughout the building. There are five state-of-the-art computer labs complete with networked printers, scanners, and digital cameras, and instructional technology is used in all 32 classrooms, including teaching consoles, LCD projectors, computers and VCRs.


Nebraska ranked #3 in Quantitative Methods and #7 in Macroeconomics in a 2009 Business Week Magazine survey of top undergraduate Business Schools. The magazine surveyed thousands of business majors at more than 100 schools regarding how their schools teach standard academic specialties.


Our active research faculty members have been published in several top tier journals including Economic Inquiry, National Tax Journal, Southern Economic Journal, American Economic Review, Journal of Regional Science, journal of Economic Education.

In addition, faculty members are constantly publishing in refereed journals throughout the year including: Journal of Forensic Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Consumer Education, Contemporary Economic Policy, journal of Economic Issues, International Tax and Public Finance, Feminist Economics, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, International Regional Science Review, and International Journal of Economics.

Faculty at the National Center for Research in Economic Education Edit the Journal of Economic Education. Faculty also have published textbooks, books and book chapters on wide ranging topics from Economic Education, Entrepreneurship, Feminist Economics, International Economics, International Finance, the Economics of Immigration, Policy Analysis, and Taxation.