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Economics Major


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. In addition, students need to take 6 elective economics courses at 3000-4000 level. 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

Introductory courses in the Economics Department (ECON.2010 and ECON.2020), which may be taken in either order, survey economic problems, policies, and theories. Required courses in Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory (ECON.3030 and ECON.3040) and in Statistics (ECON.2110 and ECON.2120) 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 courses among  the 3000 and 4000 level elective course offerings listed below, all Economics majors must take Management Precalculus (MATH.1210) and Management Calculus (MATH.1220). Students with stronger math backgrounds may seek approval to substitute with higher level Calculus courses.

Upper Division Electives (choose 6 courses)

A wide variety of upper level options are open to students who major in Economics. Courses can be taken across all the general focus areas listed below, or a series of courses can be chosen from one specific area to strengthen the student's main interest or expertise. Some of these courses are required in many graduate programs such as MBAs, and some schools waive them if they have been taken at the undergraduate level.

The following are some of the courses from which six classes can be chosen grouped by general areas:

General Economics and Quantitative Methods

Economic Policies

Business Economics

International Economics

View the complete Degree Pathway.

For more information, contact the Economics Department.