BA in Economics

Degree Program Description

Economics is a broad discipline that explores the factors that determine production, distribution, and consumption of resources.  An Economics degree provides a good foundation on how the economy and the world works and an understanding of the effects of policy issues.  The BA degree is designed for students who plan to continue their education in non-economics fields and for students who plan to seek employment after graduation. Post-graduate educational alternatives include law school or programs in the business school, political science and journalism. Graduates in Economics enter a diverse field of jobs in government, banking, insurance or other financial sectors, private sector businesses or even open their own businesses. Frequently, students in humanities or fine arts complete a BA in Economics as a second major in order to increase their employment potential.

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Major Program Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all Economics, Mathematics and Statistics courses, and must have at least a 2.0 GPA in Economics courses to earn the degree. At least 21 credit hours in Economics must be completed in residence.  In addition to the major core requirements, students must complete college and University graduation requirements including University general education requirements.

Major Core Requirements for BA Economics

Required Economics Coursework
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECONOM 1000 General Economics
or ECONOM 1051H General Economics - Honors
ECONOM 4351Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECONOM 4353Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECONOM 4371Introductory Econometrics3
or STAT 3500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics II
Required Mathematics and Statistics Coursework
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
STAT 2500Introduction to Probability and Statistics I3

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan will vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
ECONOM 10143ECONOM 10153
MATH 11003MATH 14003
Foreign Language I5ENGLSH 10003
Humanities3Foreign Language II5
 16 16
Second Year
ECONOM 43513ECONOM 43533
Foreign Language III3STAT 25003
Social Science3American Government or History3
Lab Science4Behavioral Science3
 16 15
Third Year
ECONOM 43713ECONOM 4000+ level elective3
Behavioral Science3ECONOM 3000+ level elective3
Social Science3Humanities3
Humanities3A&S Diversity Intensive Course3
WI Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ECONOM WI Elective3 ECONOM 4000+ level elective3
ECONOM 3000+ level elective3Elective3
 15 12
Total Credits: 120


Students must complete at least five (for the BA) or four (for the BS) of the following electives, with no more than two at the 3000 level, selected with the advisor and completed with a grade of C- or above. One of the chosen Economics Electives should be taken as Writing Intensive. Students who double or dual major will be eligible to waive one 3000 level Economics Elective course.

ECONOM 3224Introduction to International Economics3
ECONOM 3229Money, Banking and Financial Markets3
ECONOM 4004Topics in Economics- Social Science1-3
ECONOM 4311Labor Economics3
ECONOM 4315Public Economics3
ECONOM 4320History of Economic Thought3
ECONOM 4326Economics of International Trade3
ECONOM 4329The Banking System and the Money Market3
ECONOM 4340Introduction to Game Theory3
ECONOM 4345Economics of Education3
ECONOM 4355Industrial Organization and Competitive Strategy3
ECONOM 4357Health Economics3
ECONOM 4367Law and Economics3
ECONOM 4370Quantitative Economics (Elective for BA, Required for BS)3
ECONOM 4385Problems in Economics1-3
ECONOM 4775Dynamic Optimization and its Applications to the Natural Sciences and Economics1-3
ECONOM 4965Independent Study in Economics1-3

Any two of ECONOM 3224 and ECONOM 4326 may be taken for credit. But if all three are taken, ECONOM 3224 will not count towards an economics degree.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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