Economics Major (B.A.)

Studying Economics is an excellent way to hone your analytical and critical thinking skills—expertise that offers a natural path into business, law, research or government careers. With this major, you will become an expert in the two fundamental areas of economics: macroeconomics—the study of the entire economy and microeconomics—the study of decisions made by individuals, households and businesses. These two disciplines will provide you with insight into how choices are made at every level, enriching your problem solving skills and decision-making aptitude.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements51
Free Electives 136-30
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Required Courses
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
ECON 102Applied Microeconomics3
ECON 203Fundamental Mathematics for Economics3
ECON 207Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis3
or ECON 206 Managerial Economics
ECON 208Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis3
ECON 317Quantitative Methods for Economics3
ECON 370International Economics3
ECON 390Applied Econometrics3
ECON 412Business Forecasting and Analytics3
ECON 438Advanced Seminar in Economics3
Select five courses from the list below.15
Collateral Courses
INFO 173Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions3
INFO 240Statistical Methods in Business3
Career Learning
BUGN 310Campus to Career Transition I0
BUGN 320Campus To Career Transition II0
BUGN 330Campus To Career Transition III0
BUGN 340Campus To Career Transition IV0
Total Credits51

Major Electives

ECON 201Data Analysis Tools in Economics and Business3
ECON 215The Economics of Social Problems3
ECON 224Financial Economics3
ECON 240Economics of Time and Mind3
ECON 250Special Topics in Economics3,6
ECON 301Money and Banking3
ECON 303Economic Growth and Development3
ECON 308Public Finance3
ECON 310Urban and Regional Economics3
ECON 311Labor Economics3
ECON 314Development of Economic Thought3
ECON 324Capital Markets and Financial Institutions3
ECON 398Economics Independent Study1-3
ECON 403Comparative Economic Systems3
ECON 405Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa3
ECON 407Economics of Industrial Organization3
ECON 408Strategic Thinking and Game Theory3
ECON 414Economics of Natural Resources and Global Warming3
ECON 422Globalization and World Development3
ECON 430International Macroeconomic Policy3
MATH 369Mathematical Modeling3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Statistical Methods in Business (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Applied Macroeconomics (Fulfiled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Applied Microeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits30

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages3-6
World Cultures0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
MATH 100 Math for Business and Social Sciences (Or Free Elective if MATH 100 is not needed.) 3
ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics (Fulfills General Education K3 category.) 3
ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics (Fulfills General Education L category.) 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
World Language I 3
INFO 173 Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions (Fulfills General Education G category.) 3
ECON 203 Fundamental Mathematics for Economics 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
INFO 240 Statistical Methods in Business (Fulfills General Education H category.) 3
ECON 207
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis
or Managerial Economics
ECON 208 Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis 3
World Language II 3
ECON 317 Quantitative Methods for Economics 3
ECON 390 Applied Econometrics 3
Economics Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Third Year
ECON 370 International Economics 3
ECON 412 Business Forecasting and Analytics 3
Economics Major Elective 3
BUGN 310 Campus to Career Transition I 0
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
ECON 438 Advanced Seminar in Economics 3
Economics Major Elective 3
BUGN 320 Campus To Career Transition II 0
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
Economics Major Elective 3
BUGN 330 Campus To Career Transition III 0
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
Economics Major Elective 3
BUGN 340 Campus To Career Transition IV 0
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120