Dec 01, 2023
Degree and Major Requirements
Economics majors choose from a B.A., B.S. or B.B.A. degree. The B.A. and B.S. degrees are traditional liberal arts degrees that lead to a variety of career and graduate school options; the B.B.A. is designed to prepare students for careers in business.
The B.B.A. degree in economics requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate work of which 60 credit hours must be taken outside the College of Business . The 60 credit hours of non-business courses may include all General Education program credits, up to nine hours in economics and three hours of COB 191 . The remaining hours must be taken from any academic unit outside the College of Business . It is recommended that students carefully select non-business electives to effectively complement their economics and business education.
The minimum requirement for a B.B.A. degree in economics is 33 credit hours of economics including 18 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives. B.B.A. students also complete the core business requirements as well as complete the General Education program.
- B.B.A. core courses 45-46 Credit Hours 1
- Economics major requirements (minus overlapping B.B.A. requirements) 27 Credit Hours
- General Education courses 41 Credit Hours 2
- Non-business electives 6-7 Credit Hours
1 Up to seven credit hours of core requirements in economics and calculus may also be taken for General Education credit. Students who take the General Education packages and courses recommended by the College of Business will have only 39 credit hours of additional B.B.A. core requirements.
2 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
Required Economics Courses
B.B.A. Core Component
B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component
B.B.A. majors must complete all of the B.B.A. core components as part of their degree program. The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component:
B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component
The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component:
1 MATH 220 may be substituted for COB 191 .
2 COB 191 or equivalent and MATH 205 or equivalent are prerequisites for COB 291 .
3 Calculus is required but not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. MATH 235 is preferred for Finance majors.
4 COB 241 must be taken before COB 242 .
5 COB 242 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 300 and is not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. COB 242 is a prerequisite for COB 300 for students taking COB 300 in Antwerp.
6 All four COB 300 courses must be taken during the same semester.
7 COB 300 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 318 . COB 318 is a prerequisite for COB 487 .
8 COB 487 must be taken during the senior year.
Recommended Schedule for B.B.A. in Economics Majors
First Two Years
During the first two years, students should complete:
The 30-31 hour, lower-division B.B.A. core curriculum (failing to complete these courses before the first semester of the junior year could delay admission to the degree program and enrollment in COB 300A /COB 300B /COB 300C /COB 300D ).
Choose one of the following:
Third and Fourth Years
B.B.A. economics majors should take COB 300A , COB 300B , COB 300C , COB 300D before the spring semester of their junior year and complete ECON 331 , ECON 332 , and preferably ECON 385 by the end of their junior year.
While most majors will complete the 400-level requirements in economics during their senior year, students may take a 400-level course during their junior year if the prerequisite for the course has been met. ECON 488 should be taken during the senior year.