In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all economics majors must complete the following requirements (56 credits):
- MAT 1150/Precalculus (4 credits)
- 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
- Two intermediate-level theory courses (8 credits):
ECO 3010/Macroeconomic Theory II
ECO 3260/Microeconomics II
- One statistics course: MAT 1600/Introductory Statistics or
PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics (4 credits)
- ECO 3070/Econometrics or
ECO 3360/History of Economic Thought (4 credits)
- Four electives in economics* (16 credits)
*Refer to the list of examples below.
- ECO 3880/Junior Seminar in Economics: 2 credits
- ECO 4880/Economics Senior Seminar I: 1 credit
- ECO 4890/Economics Senior Seminar II: 1 credit
- SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
- SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits
Refer to The Senior Project for additional information.
Additional notes for economics majors:
- In addition to the grade requirement in the two introductory courses, economics majors must maintain a GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher in required courses, but not necessarily in any one course (except where specified).
- 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.
- 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 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:
Effective Fall 2017:
- ECO 3880 added to the requirements (2-credit increase in the major requirements).