Degrees & Requirements

The Economics Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, preparing you to better understand human behavior, economic institutions, public policy and the events that shape our lives.

The degree provides students with a broad background in competing economic theories and is designed to prepare you for graduate study in economics, law, and public policy or for work in government, the non-profit sector, and private industry. 

  • Economics (B.A.)

    ECON 151 Principles of Microeconomics  (3) 
    ECON 152 Principles of Macroeconomics (3) 

    STAT 161,162, OR 163  (3)

    SOSS 200 Introduction to Research Methods (4)

    ECON 252 Applied Intermediate Theory (4) 

    One Course from:

    SOSS 301 Qualitative Methods

    SOSS 302 Quantitative Methods

    Four courses from the electives below*: (12) 
    ECON 220X Economic History of the U.S.
    ECON 225 History of Economic Thought
    ECON 231 Public Finance
    ECON 260 Law and Economics
    ECON 262 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    ECON 321 Money and Banking

    ECON 313 The Economics of Growth & Development
    ECON 322 International Trade
    ECON 330 Labor Economics
    ECON 332 Organization and Regulation of Industry
    ECON 350 Special Topics in Economics

    One of your four elective courses may be:

    ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting

    MGMT 203 Business Law

    PHIL 221 Health Care Ethics

    POLS 245 Contemporary Politics of Asia

    * Students who have a double major only need to select three courses from this list.

    One Senior Capstone Course from:

    SOSS 450 Advanced Research Methods (3)
    ECON 450 Seminar (3)
    ECON 460 Independent Study (1-4)*
    ECON 470 Internship (3-6)*
    *Must be at least 3 credits
    Total 27

    Students also select a minor in another discipline or they can choose to double major.

  • Minor in Economics

    A student may minor in economics by completing Economics 151, 152, 252, and any three of the following: Economics 220X, 225, 231, 260, 262, 313, 321, 322, 330, 332, 350.

This information is effective using the most recent Academic Catalog for more detailed course descriptions you can view the Academic Catalog here.