The economics major prepares students to think rationally about choices regarding resource use in both the private and public sector. Students gain an understanding of controversies concerning the role of regulatory policies, budget policies and monetary policy in promoting the economic and social development of regions and nation states in an increasingly interrelated global economy. All economics majors require mathematics up through Management Calculus together with a concise program of 6 required economics and statistics courses that provide students with a set of interrelated concepts and analytical tools that facilitate rational decision making in the light of informed interpretation of available empirical evidence. Our diversity of applied economics upper division offerings helps to hone students’ ability to apply these general decision making concepts and supporting evidence to hotly debated policy issues in the fields of particular interest to them. Finally, the overall requirement of 12 economic courses plus two required math courses allows our majors the opportunity to explore minors and even double majors in addition to their economics major. Students with these ambitions are encouraged to make use of the high level of advising available in our department.

Required Courses

  • ECON.2010 Economics I 
  • ECON.2020 Economics II 
  • ECON.2110 Statistics I 
  • ECON.2120 Statistics II 
  • ECON.3030 Microeconomic Theory 
  • ECON.3040 Macroeconomic Theory

Introductory courses in the Economics Department (ECON.2010 and ECON.2020), 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 the six required economics courses listed above and six of the 3000 and 4000 level elective course offerings listed below, all Economics majors must take MATH.1210, Management Precalculus and MATH.1220, Management Calculus. Students with stronger math backgrounds may substitute MATH.1270 and MATH.1310.

Upper Division Requirements

  • ECON.3030 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON.3040 Macroeconomic Theory
Electives (choose 6 of the following courses):
  • ECON.3020 Labor Economics
  • ECON.3100 Economics of Emerging Market Economies
  • ECON.3120 Managerial Economics
  • ECON.3160 Investments: Instruments and Strategies
  • ECON.3170 Capital Markets
  • ECON.3180 Financial Markets and Monetary Policy
  • ECON.3190 Public Finance
  • ECON.3250 American Economic History
  • ECON.3450 Health Economics
  • ECON.4010 Special Topics in Economics
  • ECON.4020 Industrial Organization
  • ECON.4030 International Trade
  • ECON.4070 Econometrics
  • ECON.4100 Economic Growth and Development
  • ECON.4150 Environmental Economics
  • ECON.4850 Economics Internship
  • ECON.4990 Directed Studies

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 is Management Pre-Calculus (MATH.1210).

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