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 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. 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|
& ECONOM 1015
|Principles of Microeconomics|
and Principles of Macroeconomics
|or ECONOM 1000||General Economics for Journalists|
|ECONOM 4351||Intermediate Microeconomics||3|
|ECONOM 4353||Intermediate Macroeconomics||3|
|ECONOM 3271||Introduction to Applied Econometric Practice||3|
|or STAT 3500||Introduction to Probability and Statistics II|
|Required Mathematics and Statistics Coursework|
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3-5|
|or MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
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 3224||Introduction to International Economics||3|
|ECONOM 3229||Money, Banking and Financial Markets||3|
|ECONOM 3367||Law and Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4004||Topics in Economics- Social Science||1-3|
|ECONOM 4311||Labor Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4315||Public Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4316||State and Local Finance||3|
|ECONOM 4317||Urban Economics||3|
|ECONOM 4320||History of Economic Thought||3|
|ECONOM 4326||Economics of International Trade||3|
|ECONOM 4328||Financial Economics||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 4370||Quantitative Economics (Elective for BA, Required for BS)||3|
|ECONOM 4385||Problems in Economics||1-3|
|ECONOM 4846||Economics of Discrimination||3|
|ECONOM 4965||Independent Research in Economics||1-3|
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|
|Second Language I||5||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|Humanities||3||Second Language II||5|
|ECONOM 4351||3||ECONOM 4353||3|
|Second Language III||3||ECONOM 3271||3|
|Social Science||3||American Government or History||3|
|Lab Science||4||Behavioral Science||3|
|ECONOM 3000+ level elective||3||ECONOM 4000+ level elective||3|
|ECONOM WI Elective||3||ECONOM 4000+ level elective||3|
|ECONOM 3000+ level elective||3||Elective||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
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