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.
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.
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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