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The Economics BA Program:
Academic Requirements

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

Academic Requirements
In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all economics majors must complete the following requirements (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* (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. SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  9. SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits

Refer to The Senior Project for additional information.

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.

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Spring 2015:

  • The requirement of four electives in economics, formerly 12–16 credits, is now 16 credits. This changes the credit total for the major from a range (48–52 credits) to a flat 52 credits.
  • Math fluency is no longer a prerequisite for ECO 1500 and 1510.

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The senior project (formerly ECO 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.

Updated Dec. 12, 2014

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In consultation with your faculty advisor, the eight-semester plans, maintained by the Office of the Registrar, can be used as a guide to assist you in your academic planning and progress toward graduation.