In 1935, UNCG authorized a Department of Economics as a free-standing entity.  (We had previously shared the spotlight as the Department of Economics & Sociology.)

State of Minerva, adopted symbol of the Department of Economics at the University of North Carolina at GreensboroEighty years later, we’re still going strong and bringing enlightenment to the world one marginal change at a time.


Other significant dates in Our Department’s History:

1970:  The first MA in Economics class admitted.  That’s 45 years of graduate training in economics, during which we have graduated over 400 students.

2005:  The first cohort of PhD students took the first-ever PhD core class (ECO 741).  Over the intervening 10 years, we’ve graduated 11 doctoral candidates with two more ready to defend in 2015.

So, what are we doing to celebrate our past and embrace our future?

Glad you asked.

We have a number of events and projects in the works.

  • August 28, 11:30 AM — Bach’s Lunch — All-grad-student get-together at which continuing students get to meet the new kids and share their collective wisdom on How to Survive an Economics Graduate Program.
  • October 28, 7:30 PM — Alumni Career Night — Three econ alumni will return to campus to let us know what it’s like out there in The Real World.  The panel discussion will be preceded by an informal light dinner.
  • November 12, 7:30 PM — First-Ever DC Area Reunion — DC-area alumni are invited to mingle and dine with other Minervanomicists at a DC restaurant.
  • November 13, all day — National Association of Business Economics (NABE) presents its annual Job Fair in Washington, DC.  A contingent of graduate students from Our Department will be driving up to attend.  Let us know if you want to hitch a ride between the Triad and Our Nation’s Capital or if you’re a DC-area resident willing to lend your couch out to a starving student for a few days.
  • December 10, Noon to 3 PM — Economics Department Graduation Reception — Join us in the Bryan Building to honor this year’s graduating seniors, MAs, and PhDs.
  • April 10, 2016, Noon to 9 PM — Welcome/Welcome Back Weekend — a full day of events welcoming our alumni and friends back to campus and introducing prospective students to E@TheG.  This will be The Social Event of the Season.

More info to come — follow Minervanomics and Facebook to get the latest scoop on what’s happening.

ALL friends, family, faculty, and alumni are welcome at any event — just email Jean at so she can make sure there’s enough pizza to go around.

80 Years Old and Still Going Strong!