The Economics BA Program: Academic Requirements

Math Fluency for Economics Majors
Math fluency is a prerequisite for ECO 1500, 1510, 3010, and 3260.

Academic Requirements
In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all economics majors must complete the following requirements (48–52 credits):

  1. Two introductory-level theory courses (8 credits); a grade of C or higher is required in each:
    ECO 1500/Macroeconomic Theory I
    ECO 1510/Microeconomics I
  2. Two intermediate-level theory courses (8 credits):
    ECO 3010/Macroeconomic Theory II
    ECO 3260/Microeconomics II
  3. One statistics course: PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics (4 credits)
  4. ECO 3070/Econometrics or
    ECO 3360/History of Economic Thought (4 credits)
  5. Four electives in economics* (12–16 credits)
    *Refer to the list below for examples.
  6. ECO 4880/Economics Senior Seminar I: 2 credits
  7. ECO 4890/Economics Senior Seminar II: 2 credits
  8. ECO 4990/Senior Project in Economics (must be taken for two semesters): 8 credits

Economics Electives
The following are examples of elective courses in economics. New courses may be added to this list every year.

ECO 2085/Arts and Entertainment in Economics
ECO 2223/Economies of Latin America
ECO 2280/Environmental Economics
ECO 2300/Business Economics
ECO 2350/Labor Economics
ECO 2550/Law and Economics
ECO 3100/Cities, Culture, and Economy
ECO 3190/Money and Banking
ECO 3195/Financial Economics
ECO 3200/The Global Economy
ECO 3330/Cultural Economics
ECO 3400/Business, Government, and Society
ECO 3600/Behavioral Economics

Additional notes for economics majors:

  1. In addition to the grade requirement in the two introductory courses, economics majors must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher in required courses, but not necessarily in any one course.

  2. These requirements should, where possible, be taken in the years appropriate to their numbers: 1000-level in the freshman year, 2000-level in the sophomore year, etc. In addition to the required courses, there are many exciting opportunities for economics-related internships in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors.

  3. It is highly recommended that the senior thesis be written in a subject area in which a student already has some knowledge through prior coursework.

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