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.
Major Program Requirements
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)
& ECONOM 1015
|Principles of Microeconomics|
and Principles of Macroeconomics
|or ECONOM 1051||General Economics|
|or ECONOM 1051H||General Economics - Honors|
|ECONOM 4351||Intermediate Microeconomics||3|
|ECONOM 4353||Intermediate Macroeconomics||3|
|ECONOM 4371||Introductory Econometrics||3|
|ECONOM 4971||Supplemental Senior Seminar in Economics (Capstone Course)||1|
|Mathematics and Statistics (C- grades will be accepted)|
& MATH 1400
and Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I
|or MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
|STAT 2500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics I||3|
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.
|ECONOM 1014||3||ECONOM 1015||3|
|MATH 1100||3||MATH 1400||3|
|Foreign Language I||5-6||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|Humanities||3||Foreign Language II||5-6|
|ECONOM 3000+ level elective||3||ECONOM 4351||3|
|MATH 1300||3||STAT 2500||3|
|Foreign Language III||3||American Government or History||3|
|Social Science||3||Behavioral Science||3|
|ECONOM 4353||3||ECONOM 4371||3|
|Behavioral Science||3||ECONOM 4000+ level elective||3|
|ECONOM WI Elective||3||ECONOM 4971||1|
|ECONOM 4000+ level elective||3||ECONOM 4000+ level elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120-122|
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 3224||Introduction to International Economics||3|
|ECONOM 3229||Money, Banking and Financial Markets||3|
|ECONOM 4311||Labor Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4315||Public Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4320||History of Economic Thought||3|
|ECONOM 4325||The International Monetary System||3|
|ECONOM 4326||Economics of International Trade||3|
|ECONOM 4329||The Banking System and the Money Market||3|
|ECONOM 4340||Introduction to Game Theory||3|
|ECONOM 4345||Economics of Education||3|
|ECONOM 4355||Industrial Organization and Competitive Strategy||3|
|ECONOM 4357||Health Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4360||Economic Development||3|
|ECONOM 4367||Law and Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4370||Quantitative Economics (Elective for BA, Required for BS)||3|
|ECONOM 4385||Problems in Economics||1-3|
|ECONOM 4775||Dynamic Optimization and its Applications to the Natural Sciences and Economics||1-3|
|ECONOM 4965||Independent Study in Economics||1-3|
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Major and Career Exploration
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- If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
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For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.