at Meredith College

As an economics major, you will learn how to solve problems in business and society. Meredith’s program focuses on the practical applications of economics to everyday situations and dilemmas and offers a high degree of flexibility.

“Capitalizing on my strengths, paired with my Meredith education, prepared me to take on my career in the business world.”
Carol Jablonski
Carol Jablonski, ’20

Our Bachelor’s in Economics

Through the economics major, you will gain a solid foundation in economic theory and principles, and develop the analytical skills necessary to apply, understand, and test those theories and principles in practice. 

Upon graduating, students will be well-equipped to pursue meaningful careers right out of college and be prepared for graduate school. At Meredith, students can customize their program in a way that maximizes their success, such as adding a second major. 

Economics Programs

The Bachelor of Arts in Economics requires students to complete 30-33 credit hours, including 18 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of economics electives. 

Additionally, students are required to submit a portfolio in economics to complete the major. 

Bachelor of Arts in Economics requirements

Students minoring in Economics are required to complete 18 credit hours, including 9 credit hours of core courses and 9 credit hours of electives. 

Economics Minor requirements

Students Talking in Macro Economics Lecture

Why Study Economics at Meredith?

  • The School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the hallmark of excellence in business education. Fewer than one-third of U.S. business school programs and just 6% worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation
    • Meredith is one of only two women’s colleges in the world to have earned this distinction.
  • You will gain a competitive edge in the job market through our Career Tool Kit, a series of integrated career development activities offered in several business courses.
  • You will have the opportunity to apply to the Broyhill Business Fellows Program which prepares students for top internships and job placements through specially designed leadership and professional development activities that complement any major field of study in the School of Business.
  • Economics students participate in a wide variety of internships. Recent internship placements include 
    • Credit Suisse
    • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • Habitat for Humanity
  • The Accelerated MBA is a 4+1 program that allows Meredith undergraduate students to earn a graduate degree in just one additional year, saving both time and money.
  • Student organizations for economics majors include
    • Beta Gamma Sigma, a premier academic honor society for business students
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honor society recognizing academic achievement in economics
    • Phi Beta Lambda, a national organization for students enrolled in programs designed to develop vocational and professional competencies in business, office occupations, and business teacher education
Economics Lecture in Harris Building.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Economics?

The School of Business has a required internship program, giving economics majors the opportunity to gain hands-on training by completing economics internships with leading businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. 

Recent examples of internships completed by Meredith students include

  • Credit Suisse
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County
  • Walk for Hope Foundation

An economics degree prepares students for a wide array of potential careers as well as graduate study. Companies that have hired recent graduates of Meredith’s economics program include

  • BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
  • Credit Suisse 
  • MetLife
  • SAS

Graduate programs that have accepted recent graduates of Meredith’s economics program include

  • College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University 
  • Vanderbilt Law School 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for graduates with a business degree is $69,000.

Presidential Scholar Carol Jablonski, ’20, took advantage of opportunities early on at Meredith, allowing her to land a job at MetLife Global Technology months before graduation.

As a Meredith student, Victoria Kinney, ’18, set goals and achieved them, landing a position at SAS, one of the world’s leading employers, even before completing her degree.

Videos About Meredith’s Economics Major

Economics News and Events

Two Meredith College teams participated in DataFest at NC State this spring, with both teams earning awards. DataFest is an event sponsored by the American Statistical Association and held at schools around the country each spring. The event lasts from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, while undergraduate teams compete to explore and analyze a secret data set provided by an anonymous client. Teams share insights in a brief presentation at the end of the event. 

In the 2022-23 Faculty Distinguished Lecture, Professor of Finance Bing Yu presented “Impact Investing: Driving Capitalists to Do Good While Doing Well.” The lecture was held on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 7 p.m., in Jones Auditorium. 

Contact Information
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Harris 111
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