Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, B.A.

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Economics, B.A. Degree and Major Requirements

Degree 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 minimum requirement for a B.A. degree in economics is 36 credit hours of economics, including 21 credit hours of core courses and 15 credit hours of electives. It is also necessary for the student to complete the foreign language and philosophy requirements for a B.A. degree as well as complete the General Education  program.

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign Language classes (intermediate level required) 0-14 Credit Hours 2
  • Philosophy course(s) (in addition to General Education  courses) 3 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (listed below) and electives 62-76 Credit Hours
Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 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.

2 The foreign language requirement may be satisfied by successful completion of the second semester of the intermediate level of the student’s chosen language (typically 232), or by placing out of that language through the Department of Foreign Language, Literatures and Cultures’ placement test.

Major Requirements

Required Economics Courses

Total: 36 Credit Hours

Additional Information

Students need a grade of “C” or better in ECON 200 , ECON 201 , and either ECON 284  or COB 291  and either MATH 205 , MATH 231 , MATH 235  or ISAT 151 

They also need to complete ECON 331 , ECON 332  and ECON 385  with a grade of “C” or better to graduate with an Economics degree. 

Recommended Schedule for B.A. in Economics Majors

First Two Years

During the first two years, students should complete:

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to take ECON 331  and/or ECON 332  in their sophomore year (provided that the course prerequisites have been met). 

Third and Fourth Years

B.A. economics majors should 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.

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