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

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Economics Major – 30 hours

Required Major Courses

Senior Portfolio* – (0 credits)
Intermediate Distribution requirement: 6 credit hours
Must take one of the following intermediate course sequences:

Sequence 1

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Sequence 2

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Sequence 3

Culminating Experience chosen from: (3)

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Electives

15 credit hours chosen from the following electives:

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:

*Student Portfolio

*While the student portfolio in Economics does not generate hours of credit, the successful completion of the Student Portfolio is required in order to complete a major in Economics.
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 175 and MAT 181 or MAT 191.


Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

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