Economics (B.A.) (Combined B.A./M.A. Social Research and Analysis)

Economics is situated at the intersection of social sciences and business disciplines. It provides insight into a wide array of questions about money, markets, productivity and wealth. Organizations across industries use economic analysis and quantitative methods to study and forecast business, sales, and other market trends. A combined BA Economics/MA Social Research and Analysis degree enables students to specialize in economic/social research, survey design, data collection, analysis and management.

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements. The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years of intensive study. Students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements

Students in this combined degree program must complete the requirements for:

Economics Major (B.A.)

Social Research and Analysis (M.A.)

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

SOCI 510Applied Quantitative Methods3
SOCI 538Survey Research3
SOCI 556Data Analysis3
SOCI 569Interviews and Focus Groups3
Total Credits12

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

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

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3World Language 13
MATH 100 (Or Free Elective if MATH 100 is not needed.)3INFO 173 (Fulfills General Education G category.)3
ECON 101 (Fulfills General Education K3 category.)3ECON 2033
ECON 102 (Fulfills General Education L category.)3 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3World Language 23
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3ECON 3173
INFO 240 (Fulfills General Education H category.)3ECON 3903
ECON 207 or 2063Economics Major Elective3
ECON 2083Free Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
ECON 3703GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
ECON 3953ECON 4383
Economics Major Elective3Economics Major Elective3
BUGN 3100BUGN 3200
Free Elective3Free Elective3
Free Elective3Free Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory4GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1Economics Major Elective3
Economics Major Elective3Free Elective3
SOCI 5103SOCI 5383
SOCI 5693SOCI 5563
 14 15
Total Credits 120
Fifth Year
SOCI 5573SOCI 5603
Social Research and Analysis Elective3SOCI 5983
Social Research and Analysis Elective3Social Research and Analysis Elective3
 9 9
Total Credits 18