Our department helps prepare students for success. Our courses develop the critical and analytical skills essential for understanding economics and institutions, in both their contemporary and historical settings. These courses provide the academic background necessary for positions in industry, for work in many branches of government service, for law school, and for graduate study in business administration, economics, and the social sciences.

Why Study Economics?

At its core, economics is the study of resource management and allocation, but it is also a way of understanding the world and human behavior. At Duke Economics, we believe that our undergraduates should first and foremost view their education as an opportunity to further their thinking in as broad a range of fields as possible, and beyond their immediate career interests. Our department offers a liberal arts curriculum that prepares students for success not only in school but also everyday life.

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Degree Offerings

We offer three majors:

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Economics with a Finance Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics

as well as two minors:

  • Minor in Economics
  • Minor in Finance

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Career Paths

What can you do with an economics degree? Our past students have gone on to lucrative careers in a various of fields, not just business or finance. Graduating with a degree in economics shows you have developed analytical and reasoning skills — something highly desired by most employers.

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EcoTeach Center

EcoTeach (Economics Center for Teaching) optimizes undergraduates' college experiences by providing educational guidance, thus helping them navigate transitions within and beyond the department. Students can visit EcoTeach staff to ask questions related to courses, program requirements and processes, EcoTeach-funded positions, and any university resources they may require.

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Resources for Current Students

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We've compiled information to assist current students working toward their degree, including:

Tutoring & Support Services

If you need help beyond the classroom, there are a number of opportunities – free or with a charge – to help you get back on track.

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