The department received UNO’s Academic Excellence Strategic Planning Award in 2008 for consistently producing nationally and internationally recognized research, offering high-quality teaching, and providing dedicated service to UNO, the community, and the economics, real estate, and land use economics professions.
Current department members have produced six books, over 280 journal articles, 26 book chapters, and over 200 conference presentations. Four faculty members have received the UNO Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity and department members have won the CBA Dean's Award for Research eight times in the last ten years. These accomplishments in scholarship are equally matched by the department’s commitment to teaching excellence, as evidenced by the numerous college and university-level teaching awards that have been won by department faculty.
The department places a high priority on strengthening students' critical thinking abilities and their ability to evaluate economic alternatives and make appropriate economic choices. The department prepares students for careers in business, government, and for further education in law, economics, and business administration.
The department offers two graduate programs, Master’s of Science and Master’s of Arts in Economics. The department also offers the Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) majoring in economics. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in economics are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Bachelor of General Studies with an area of concentration in economics is available through the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, Division of Continuing Studies.
Recent graduates have found employment in local, national, and international businesses, the US federal government, and other US government agencies. Some of our graduates have also entered highly ranked Ph.D. and J.D. programs in the United States.
Department’s Mission Statement:
The mission of the Department of Economics is the dissemination of economic knowledge through teaching and the creation of economic knowledge through basic and applied research. Teaching provides students with the economic knowledge, skills and values which will enable them to compete successfully in changing metropolitan, national, and global economic environments. Besides being of value for its own sake, research provides additional economic knowledge for use in teaching and for use by private and public organizations who seek to lead and prosper in increasingly competitive metropolitan, national, and global economies. In addition to teaching and research, the faculty use their expertise to provide service to the community, the University and the economics profession.