Bachelor of Arts


Wake Forest Economics students are inquisitive people of diverse interests who benefit from the University’s emphasis on interdisciplinary education. Not only do they learn about the nuts and bolts of economic theory, but more importantly the usefulness of economic theory in managing their personal affairs and dealing with social and political problems.

Did You Know?

  • Economics has been the fifth most popular major overall and the third most popular in Wake Forest College in the past five graduating classes (2019-23).
  • Economics majors have the opportunity to compete in intercollegiate events such as the National College Fed Challenge, in which teams are given economic and financial conditions in a case-study format and make monetary policy recommendations.


Sample courses for students studying Economics include:

  • Economics of Health and Medicine
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Game Theory
  • Behavioral Economics

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Practical Experience & Skills

Former Wake Forest economics and mathematical economics majors are in a wide variety of professions. An economics major is excellent preparation for graduate study in law or business as well as economics and public policy. Many graduates go on to graduate school in these and other fields. Others move directly into professions from the undergraduate program.

Students in this program will develop the following skills:

  • Critiquing and diagnosing problems
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Analyzing community needs
  • Problem-solving
  • Program development
  • Analyzing public policies
  • Decision-making
  • Analyzing manpower requirements
  • Systematizing/organizing material
  • Team building
  • Goal setting

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Clubs & Organizations

Economics students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Women in Economics
  • Sports Analytics Club
  • The Society of Economists
  • Finance Club
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Club

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest Economics majors include:

  • Actuary
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Auditor
  • Bank Officer
  • Budget Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Consultant
  • Controller
  • Credit Analyst
  • Educator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Investment Banker
  • Lobbyist
  • Statistician
  • Technical Writer

Generally speaking, a recent Wall Street Journal analysis concluded that Economics majors have the second-highest mid-career salaries of any discipline outside of Engineering.

Related Programs

Those who are interested in Economics also consider the following programs:


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