Economics / Program of Study

The economics program provides a solid foundation in economics theory and principles, which allows students to develop the analytical skills necessary to apply, understand and test those theories and principles in practice. With personal attention from faculty, students learn to analyze microeconomic and macroeconomic business issues, critically evaluate policy proposals through cost benefit analysis, and effectively communicate complex ideas, concepts and data in oral and written form. The major ends in a culminating experience of a research project or internship.

Major in Economics
Students majoring in Economics are required to complete 30 hours of courses, which include 15 hours of core courses and 15 hours of elective courses, which can be selected from topics including international economics, money and banking, health economics and policy, environmental economics, and gender and the economy. Students are encouraged to enroll in MAT 211 and MAT 245.

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Required Major Courses

ECO-100 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-101 - Principles of Microeconomics (3.00 cr.)

Intermediate Distribution requirement:

Must take one of the following intermediate course sequences:

Sequence 1

ECO 301 Intermediate Microeconomics (3) and ECO 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)

Sequence 2

ECO 301 Intermediate Microeconomics (3) and ECO 312 Money and Banking (3)

Sequence 3

ECO 302 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3) and ECO 311 Environmental Economics (3)

Culminating Experience chosen from:  (3)

ECO-480 - Economics Internship (3.00 cr.)

ECO-498 - Honors Thesis in Economics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-499 - Research in Economics (1 - 3.00 cr.)


Electives chosen from the following:

ECO-301 - Intermediate Microeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-302 - Intermediate Macroeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-311 - Environmental Economics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-312 - Money and Banking (3.00 cr.)

ECO-320 - Gender and the Economy (3.00 cr.)

ECO-323 - Health Economics and Policy (3.00 cr.)

ECO-334 - International Economics (3.00 cr.)

A student may choose a maximum of 6 hours of the 15 hours of electives to come from allied disciplines that provide context, balance, and counterpoint to the economics offerings, as well as improve a student’s writing and mathematical skills. Such allied courses include:

BUS-250 - Applied Data Analysis for Business Decisions (3.00 cr.)

BUS-361 - Consumer Behavior (3.00 cr.)

BUS-474 - Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management (3.00 cr.)

ENG-358 - Professional Writing (3.00 cr.)

LEG-400 - Legal Survey (3.00 cr.)

MAT-212 - Calculus II (4.00 cr.)

MAT-213 - Calculus III (4.00 cr.)

MAT-220 - Linear Algebra (3.00 cr.)

MAT-248 - Statistical Concepts and Methods for Mathematicians (3.00 cr.)

MAT-340 - Probability and Mathematical Statistics (3.00 cr.)

MAT-345 - Statistics II (3.00 cr.)

MAT-348 - Nonparametric Statistics (3 - 3.00 cr.)

MAT-410 - Advanced Calculus (3.00 cr.)

POL-203 - American Public Policy (3.00 cr.)

POL-320 - International Political Economy (3.00 cr.)

RES-220 - Ethics of Love and Justice (3.00 cr.)

SOC-374 - Social Research Principles (3.00 cr.)

With the approval of the Department Head of the School of Business and in consultation with her economics adviser, a student may also seek approval for other related courses from allied disciplines.

*If ECO 301, 302, 311, or 312 are not taken for the Intermediate Distribution requirements, then they may be taken as electives. Courses may not count as both required and elective choices.

Students in the major, particularly those planning to pursue graduate studies, are urged to take MAT 181 or MAT 191 and MAT 175.


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