The Bachelor of Arts in Economics requires you to complete a minimum of 120 credits. You must successfully complete:

  • 36 credits required for the major
    • 18 prescribed core course credits
    • 18 supporting course credits
  • 24 bachelor of arts credits
  • 45 General Education credits
  • 15 elective credits

If you are a transfer student, the number of credits you must take will vary according to the courses that transfer into the economics program. Once you are admitted to the program, your assigned academic adviser can help you select the remaining required courses.

The required courses cover a wide range of economics topics, including:

  • macroeconomic and microeconomic theory
  • econometrics
  • statistics
  • growth and development
  • international economics
  • labor economics

Course List - Bachelor of Arts in Economics 

A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major.

Requirements for the major: 36 credits

Prescribed Core Courses (18 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy ECON 102 Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution. 3 credits
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy ECON 104 National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems. 3 credits
Statistical Foundations for Econometrics ECON 106 Basic statistical concepts used in economics. Topics include probability distributions, expectations, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, and simple regression. Students who have completed ECON 306 may not schedule this course. 3 credits
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis ECON 302 Allocation of resources and distribution of income within various market structures, with emphasis on analytical tools.

Prerequisite: ECON 102
3 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis ECON 304 Analysis of forces that determine the level of aggregate economic activity.

Prerequisite: ECON 104
3 credits
Introduction to Econometrics ECON 306 The implementation of statistical techniques to analyze data and address economic questions. Econometric results are produced and assessed.

Prerequisite: ECON 106
3 credits
Supporting Courses (18 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Labor Economics ECON 315 Economic analysis of employment, earnings, and the labor market; labor relations; related government policies.

Prerequisite: ECON 102
3 credits
International Economics ECON 333 Why nations trade, barriers to trade, balance of payments adjustment and exchange rate determination, eurocurrency markets, and trade-related institutions.

Prerequisite: ECON 102, ECON 104 or ECON 014
3 credits
Money and Banking ECON 351 Money, credit, commercial and central banking, financial intermediaries, treasury operations, monetary theory and policy, and foreign exchange. (Students who have already taken ECON 451 may not schedule this course.)

Prerequisite: ECON 102 or ECON 104
3 credits
Decision Making and Strategy in Economics ECON 402 Development and application of the tools for decision making under uncertainty and for game theoretic analysis of economic problems.

Prerequisite: ECON 302 and ECON 106 or SCM 200 or STAT 200
3 credits

Economics of Public Expenditures

ECON 425 Analytic and policy aspects of public expenditure decisions; applications from areas of contemporary public interest.

Prerequisite: ECON 302 or ECON 323
3 credits
Environmental Economics ECON 428

Environmental pollution, the market economy, and optimal resource allocation; alternative control procedures; levels of environmental protection and public policy.

ECON 302 or ECON 323

3 credits
Advanced International Trade Theory and Policy  ECON 433 Causes/consequences of trade; effects of tariffs and quotas; strategic trade policy; political economy of trade restrictions and other topics.

Prerequisite: ECON 302 or ECON 333

3 credits

International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics ECON 434 Trade balance movements, exchange rate determination; monetary and fiscal policies in open economies; international policy coordination; the world monetary system.

Prerequisite: ECON 304 or ECON 333
3 credits
Growth and Development ECON 471 Problems of capital formation, institutional considerations, theories of economic growth.

Prerequisite: ECON 302 or ECON 304 or ECON 372
3 credits

For Supporting Courses, select 18 credits in economics 300- or 400-level with department approval, including at least 9 credits at the 400 level.

Additional 400-level courses are being developed. Please check with your adviser about their availability.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements (24 credits)
Description Credits
Foreign Language
(If foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination, these 0–12 credits may be completed from the electives)
12 credits
Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Natural Sciences, Quantification 9 credits
Other Cultures 3 credits

For the Bachelor of Arts Degree requirements, 3 of the 24 credits may be from the requirements for the major, General Education, or electives.

General Education (45 credits**)
Description Credits
Arts – GA 6 credits
Humanities – GH 6 credits
Health and Wellness – GHW 3 credits
Natural Sciences – GN 9 credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences – GS 6 credits
Writing and Speaking – GWS* 9 credits
Quantification – GQ* 6 credits
Integrative Studies (6 credits)***

*A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

**12 credits are included in the requirements for the major.

***This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. 

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