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

In addition to the major core requirements, students must complete college and University graduation requirements including University general education requirements.

Options

Students majoring in economics may earn either a BS or a BA degree. The last 21 credit hours in Economics must be completed in residence. Depending upon which degree is sought; students must choose one of the options below:

BA with a major in Economics

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. Post-graduate employment opportunities include positions in state government, banking, insurance or other financial sectors, and private sector businesses. Frequently, students in humanities or fine arts complete a BA in Economics as a second major in order to increase their employment potential.

Major Core Requirements for BA Economics

(must earn a grade of C or above; grades of C- or below will not be accepted)

General Principles
ECONOM 1014
ECONOM 1015
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
5-6
or ECONOM 1051 General Economics
or ECONOM 1051H General Economics - Honors
ECONOM 1051 is only acceptable for dual majors with Journalism. Students completing ECONOM 1051 are required to complete an additional 4000-level Economics elective.
ECONOM 4351Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECONOM 4353Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECONOM 4371Introductory Econometrics3
ECONOM 4971Supplemental Senior Seminar in Economics (Capstone Course)1
Mathematics and Statistics (C- grades will be accepted)
MATH 1300
MATH 1400
Finite Mathematics
and Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
5-6
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECONOM 10143ECONOM 10153
MATH 11003MATH 14003
Foreign Language I5-6ENGLSH 10003
Humanities3Foreign Language II5-6
Elective2Elective1
 16-17 15-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECONOM 3000+ level elective3ECONOM 43513
MATH 13003STAT 25003
Foreign Language III3American Government or History3
Social Science3Behavioral Science3
Lab Science4Humanities3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECONOM 43533ECONOM 43713
Behavioral Science3ECONOM 4000+ level elective3
Social Science3Humanities3
Humanities3Elective3
WI Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECONOM WI Elective3ECONOM 49711
ECONOM 4000+ level elective3 ECONOM 4000+ level elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 13
Total Credits: 120-122

Electives

At least four (for the BA) or three (for the BS) of the following, with not more than one at the 3000 level, selected with the advisor and completed with a grade of C or above; grades of C- or below will not be accepted:

ECONOM 3224Introduction to International Economics3
ECONOM 3229Money, Banking and Financial Markets3
ECONOM 4311Labor Economics3
ECONOM 4315Public Economics3
ECONOM 4320History of Economic Thought3
ECONOM 4325The International Monetary System3
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 4360Economic Development3
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

NOTE:
Any two of ECONOM 3224, ECONOM 4325 and ECONOM 4326 may be taken for credit. But if all three are taken, ECONOM 3224 will not count towards an economics degree.

No more than 3 total credit hours of  ECONOM 4385 and ECONOM 4965 will count as elective credits toward an economics degree, unless approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

ECONOM 3004 and ECONOM 4004 may be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies to count as elective credits toward an economics degree or minor.

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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 who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at http://www.transfer.org. 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 http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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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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