Economics BA

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate economics majors must meet the university and college general education requirements. Candidates for the B.A. degree may take any foreign language to meet this requirement. Candidates for the B.S. degree take mathematics and quantitative courses instead of the foreign language requirement. Courses in economics may be used to meet the university social sciences requirement.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

Courses outside the major field and ECON 1001, Principles of Microeconomics, and ECON 1002, Principles of Macroeconomics, may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


All prerequisites for economics courses must be completed with a C- or better.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.A. degree must take at least 33, but no more than 45, hours in economics. At least 27 hours must be above the 2000 level. All core courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

The following core courses are required:
ECON 1001Principles of Microeconomics (MOTR ECON 102)3
ECON 1002Principles of Macroeconomics (MOTR ECON 101)3
ECON 2800History of American Economic Development3
or ECON 3800 History Of Economic Thought
ECON 3001Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON 3002Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 3100Economic Statistics3

Departmental Honors

A student may earn departmental honors with a GPA of 3.6 in economics and the recommendation of the department.

Complementary Areas of Study

he department encourages all majors to develop breadth in related disciplines. Course work and minors are available in a number of areas such as business administration, computer science, statistics, and political science. In addition, courses offered by the department are required for the B.S. in Actuarial Science and help satisfy the prerequisites for courses required for the Certificate in Actuarial Studies and have been approved by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) to satisfy the VEE requirements in Economics. Students should check with their advisers for recommendations concerning courses in these areas. The department suggests the following supplemental course work for students interested in pursuing doctoral-level graduate work in economics or careers in general business. It also encourages all students to obtain work experience by enrolling in the Internship in Applied Economics (ECON 4990).

General Business Preparation

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing careers in business also take:

ACCTNG 2400Fundamentals of Financial Accounting3
ACCTNG 2410Managerial Accounting3
BUS AD 2900Legal Environment of Business3
FINANCE 3500Financial Management3
MKTG 3700Basic Marketing3

Learning Outcomes

  • Use economic reasoning to interpret and evaluate social, political and economic arguments, and policies.
  • Use mathematical methods to construct and analyze economic models and to analyze and interpret economic phenomena.
  • Understand key market institutions such as property rights and contracts and economic organizations such as the Federal Reserve System and the International Monetary Fund and apply this knowledge to analyze economic behavior and evaluate public policy.
  • Identify the causes and consequences of poverty and prosperity across and within societies.
  • Predict changes in key macroeconomic variables in response to changes in social, political, and economic policy as well as non-economic events such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and changes in consumer confidence.
  • Use basic statistical methods and statistical software to interpret and analyze economic data and relationships.
  • Acquire a historical perspective through knowledge of the development of the U.S. economy and its key institutions.

Sample Four Year Plan

First Year
INTDSC 100311ECON 10013
MATH 10303MATH 1100 (or EXPLORE Mathematics & Life/Natural Sciences)3
ENGL 11003Foreign Language 10025
Foreign Language 10015EXPLORE – Humanities & Fine Arts3
CORE – Communication Proficiency3CORE – Information Literacy3
 15 17
Second Year
ECON 10023ECON 30013
Foreign Language 21013ECON 2000+ level elective3
EXPLORE – Humanities and Fine Arts3EXPLORE – Humanities and Fine Arts3
EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3EXPLORE – Mathematics and Life/Natural Sciences3
EXPLORE - Social Sciences3Cultural Diversity Requirement3
 15 15
Third Year
ECON 28003ECON 30023
ECON 31003ECON 2000+-level Course3
ENGL 31003Elective or minor 3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor 3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
ECON 2000+ level elective3ECON 2000+ level courses3
ECON 2000+ level elective3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor3
Elective or minor3Elective or minor1
 15 13
Total Hours: 120

 Please Note: This plan is an example of what a four year plan could look like for a typical student. Placement exam scores in math as well as the completion of coursework may change the plan. It should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester. All requirements are subject to change.