Economics Major

Program Mission

The Economics major seeks to provide students with the analytical skills to succeed in their professional endeavors and to become productive citizens of the world. We will judge our success by our students' ability to reason independently, to examine both the positive and nomative aspects of an issue and to draw conclusions that can be supported by sound analysis.

Goals of the Economics Major

Develope the quantitative reasoning necessary to be literate in the tools of the economics discipline.

Develop analytical thinking skills that will allow students to critically evaluate social phenomena and the actions of individuals, governments and firms.

Learn problem solving skills as a way to improve decision-making.

Promote the development of written communication skills that make decisions better understood by those affected by them.

For detailed official requirements go to the undergraduate academic bulletin.  The information below is designed to give prospective majors a quick overview of the program. 

Generally speaking there are two programs under which one can be and economics major - one outside of the College of Business Administration (CBA) and one inside the CBA (the BS in BA).  

In either case all students are required to take Macroeconomic and Microeconomic principles (ECO 201 and 202 if outside the CBA or 203 and 204 if inside the CBA), Intermediate Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory (ECO 365 and 370) and Money and Banking (ECO 306). Thus there are a total of 15 hours of required economics courses.

Both degree programs also require 15 hours of Economics electives (again see the bulletin for your specific degree for some restrictions on these 15 hours).

Finally, all majors under either degree program are required to take a semester of statistics and a semester of calculus.