International Economics, B.A.

Economics and world affairs are strongly tied. As our world and politics become increasingly complex, the need for professionals who know how to navigate these areas will be even greater.

The international economics major is a 51-hour interdisciplinary program that combines economics, finance and international politics with a strong background in a chosen foreign language program.

Students in the major receive instruction on economic structures and processes, including economic growth and productivity, unemployment and inflation, taxation and public expenditure, supply and demand, international trade and finance, as well as labor-management cooperation and competition.

Other areas of study may include demand theory and estimation, production and cost theory, analysis of market structure, antitrust policy, government regulation of business, capital budgeting, inflation theory, unemployment, determination of interest rates and international economics.

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Take the next step toward completing your Bachelor of Arts in International Economics degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


Qualified Economics students interested in continuing their education through graduate study can easily matriculate into several of Lenoir-Rhyne’s graduate programs, such as the Master of Business Administration or the Master of Public Health.

Through LR’s innovative Bridges to Dreams and Alumni Advantage programs, students who complete their undergraduate degrees at Lenoir-Rhyne University are able to complete their graduate degrees in shorter time and at significantly less expense.

Learning Outside the Classroom

Economic majors have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience through internships, student organizations, annual conferences and portfolio management opportunities.

  • Internships

    Students have the opportunity to complete internships with local and regional businesses and corporations, working directly with seasoned leaders and professionals in the field. 

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  • Student Organizations & Activities

    Through the Mauney Economics and Business Club, you can attend the annual conference of the Eastern Economic Association (EEA).

    The EEA is one of the largest associations of academic and professional economists and hosts one of the few conferences that invite undergraduates to attend as well as present in student sessions.

    At the conference, you have the opportunity to select from more than 150 sessions offered, featuring research work and information about various economic topics. You can also meet and interact with professional economists from throughout the country and the world and learn more about exciting career opportunities.

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  • Federal Reserve Challenge Team

    Lenoir-Rhyne competes in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (5th District, Charlotte division) College Fed Challenge, along with other North Carolina schools such as Elon, Duke, and UNC Chapel Hill. The District winner goes on to a national competition.

    Students must demonstrate their knowledge of the Federal Reserve and its policies as well as macroeconomic conditions in a presentation and through questions from judges. This activity provides you with opportunities to compete against other major universities on issues of economic policy and practice.

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  • Portfolio Management Team

    Students in the Portfolio Management Club oversee an ongoing investment of over $200,000 of the university’s actual endowment funds. Club members include students majoring in finance, economics and related majors.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with an economics degree will have a strong comprehension of the national economy and be able to think critically about the challenges faced throughout the business world.

You will also possess communication, data manipulation and computer technology skills, preparing you for a variety of careers. Economics majors compete well against most business majors for employment opportunities.

Corporations value the broad analytical training of our graduates, and recognize that your educational foundation will enhance their performance in managerial decision making. Opportunities for economists exist across local, state, national and international arenas, and in the private, non-profit, and public sectors.

Economics integrates the liberal arts and applied professional preparation very effectively, preparing graduates for a wide array of opportunities and for success in graduate and/or additional professional education like law or administration.

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Major Requirements

Courses in Economics are intended to provide the student with a basic understanding of economic structures and processes including economic growth and productivity, unemployment and inflation, taxation and public expenditure, supply and demand, international trade and finance, labor-management cooperation and competition, etc. The Economics major earns a B.A. degree.


Students majoring in Economics and judged qualified by the Economics faculty may, upon invitation, elect to pursue honors work in Economics. To graduate ''With Honors in Economics,'' a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and complete Economics 498 and 499. An oral presentation of the honors paper or a synopsis of the honors project is required. Normally the student in the honors program will have completed Economics 121, , ,  and .

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Lenoir-Rhyne University is grieving the loss of one of our student-athletes. Omari Alexander, a 19-year-old sophomore from Concord, North Carolina and member of the LR football team, was killed overnight on November 20 in an off-campus incident in Hickory.

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Lenoir-Rhyne University will receive $4.3 million as part of the North Carolina state budget that was signed into law on November 18.

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