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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 University, general education, and College of Arts and Science requirements, students must also meet the following major program requirements. All major requirements in the College of Arts and Science must be completed with grades of C- or higher unless otherwise indicated.

Major Core Requirements

Required Economics Coursework
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECONOM 1000 General Economics
ECONOM 3271Introduction to Applied Econometric Practice3
or ECONOM 4371 Introductory Econometrics
ECONOM 4351Intermediate Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 3251 Managerial Economics
ECONOM 4353Intermediate Macroeconomics3
or ECONOM 3229 Money, Banking and Financial Markets
Required Mathematics Coursework
MATH 1100College Algebra3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I


Students must complete at least five (15 hours) Economics electives, with at least two courses (6 hours) at the 4000- level. One 3000+ level Economics course must be Writing Intensive. Students who double or dual major will be eligible to waive one 3000- level Economics Elective course.

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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
Second Language I5ENGLSH 10003
Humanities3Second Language II5
 16 16
Second Year
ECONOM 43513ECONOM 43533
Second Language III3ECONOM 32713
Social Science3American Government or History3
Lab Science4Behavioral Science3
 16 15
Third Year
ECONOM 3000+ level elective3ECONOM 4000+ level elective3
Behavioral Science3Humanities3
Social Science3Elective3
WI Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ECONOM WI Elective3 ECONOM 4000+ level elective3
ECONOM 3000+ level elective3Elective3
 15 12
Total Credits: 120

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 https://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com. 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 https://registrar.missouri.edu/degrees-audits/degree-audits/.

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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career 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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