Economics Major

All Economics majors must take the following courses:

49.201  Economics I
49.202  Economics II
49.211  Statistics I
49.212  Statistics II
49.303  Microeconomic Theory
49.304  Macroeconomic Theory

Introductory courses in the Economics Department (49.201 and 49.202), which may be taken in either order, survey economic problems, policies, and theory. Required courses in microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and in statistics provide a deeper analytical foundation and the necessary quantitative tools to pursue graduate study in economics.

In addition to these required courses, the student chooses 6 economics electives from the listed courses below. These electives provide students with opportunities to explore subject areas that are of personal interest and consistent with career objectives.

Besides these twelve courses, a major in Economics must choose one of two options: proficiency in a modern language, or proficiency in quantitative skills. (Consult the “University Academic Policies: Language Requirement” section for details of the language proficiency requirement).

The following courses are recommended for students who wish to specialize in quantitative skills: 

1.  At least two courses from the following Mathematics Department offerings

  • 92.121  Management Pre-Calculus
  • 92.122  Management Calculus
  • 92.221  Linear Algebra I
  • (Calculus I & Calculus II may be substituted for 92.121 & 92.122)

2.  At least two of the following quantitative economics courses:

  • 49.211  Statistics I
  • 49.212  Statistics II
  • 49.407  Econometrics
3.  Upper Division Requirements

  • 49.303  Microeconomic Theory
  • 49.304  Macroeconomic Theory
Upper Division Economics Electives (choose 6 of the following courses):
  • 49.302  Labor Economics
  • 49.312  Managerial Economics
  • 49.315  Environmental Economics
  • 49.316  Investments: Instruments and Strategies
  • 49.317  Capital Markets
  • 49.318  Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
  • 49.319  Public Finance
  • 49.325  American Economic History
  • 49.345  Health Economics
  • 49.401  Special Topics in Economics
  • 49.403  International Trade
  • 49.407  Econometrics
  • 49.410  Economic Growth and Development
  • 49.485  Economics Internship
  • 49.499  Directed Studies

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General Economics Track

This track is designed to provide the student with a strong and flexible background in economic theory and some important applications of that theory. In addition to the six required courses, the student chooses six additional economics courses. The minimum mathematics requirement for an economics major, even those choosing the language proficiency option, is Management Pre-Calculus (92.121).

For more information visit the Economics Department or contact us.