Economics, B.A.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics learn economic theory and statistical methods that develop keen analytical and quantitative skills. These skills enable them to work in a variety of fields, including business, public administration, finance, consulting, journalism, foreign service, politics, education, or economic research. An Economics B.A. also prepares students who want to pursue graduate studies, including advanced degrees in Economics, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, or Data Science.

Incoming students may transfer up to 50% of the School of Business courses required in the major, pending department evaluation for transfer equivalency. 

Although not a requirement, students pursuing an Economics, B.A. should consider completing the business core requirements if they wish to complement their economics degree with any of the Bachelor of Science degrees offered at the School of Business.

 
Required Courses (18 credits)
Student must take all required courses:
ECON 207Principles of Economics:Macro3
ECON 208Principles of Economics:Micro3
ECON 320Econometrics (Pre-Requisite MATH 140) 13
ECON 362Intermediate Macro Economics (Pre-Requisite ECON 207)3
ECON 363Intermediate Micro Economics (Pre-Requisite ECON 208)3
ECON 364Money & Banking (Pre-Requisite ECON 207 & ECON 208)3
Restricted Electives (Minimum 18 credits)
Student must take six courses from the following courses:18
ECON 110History of Economic Thought3
ECON 203Business Statistics 23
ECON 210Personal Finance Practices3
ECON 211Business and Economic Statistics3
ECON 220Understanding Business/Economic Data3
ECON 271Investment Principles3
ECON 319Economic History of the United States3
ECON 350Economics of Discrimination3
ECON 353Labor Economics (Pre-Requisite ECON 207 & ECON 208)3
ECON 358Urban Economics: Analysis and Policy (Pre-Requisite ECON 208 )3
ECON 359Economic Development Theory3
ECON 365Public Sector Economics (Pre-Requisite ECON 207 & ECON 208)3
ECON 366International Trade & Finance (Pre-Requisite ECON 207 & ECON 208)3
ECON 368Business & Government (Pre-Requisite ECON 207 & ECON 208)3
ECON 369Business Fluctuations & Growth (Pre-Requisite ECON 207 & ECON 208)3
Total: 36 credits

The following Economics B.A. degree map outlines a course sequence that the Economics Department recommends for students who are interested in pursuing an Economics B.A. degree.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 101 English Composition I 1 4
MATH 112 Intermediate Algebra 2 3
INTD 101 Orientation to College 3 1
General Education Tier I Course 3
General Education Tier I Course 3
 Credits14
Semester 2
ENGL 102 English Composition II 1 4
ECON 208 Principles of Economics:Micro 3
ECON 221
Analytics For Business and Economics ((MATH 164 School of Business requirement and General Education All University Requirement)
or Pre-Calculus for Business Students
3
General Education Tier I Course (Recommendations: ECON 103, ECON 110) 3
Note: ECON 103 and ECON 110 can be used to fulfill General Education Tier I requirements. ECON 110 is a restricted elective that counts toward the Economics B.A. degree. Although ECON 103 and ECON 115 do not count toward the degree, both of these courses give students a relevant introductory foundation in economic theory that serves as good primer for introductory required courses.  
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Semester 1
ECON 207 Principles of Economics:Macro 3
ECON 203 Business Statistics 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
ECON 363 Intermediate Micro Economics 3
ECON 364 Money & Banking 3
Economics Restricted Elective (Recommendations: ECON 110, ECON 220, or ECON 271) 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
ECON 320 Econometrics 3
ECON 362 Intermediate Macro Economics 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Economics Restrictive Elective 3
Economics Restrictive Elective 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Senior
Semester 1
Economics Restrictive Elective 3
General Education Tier III Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
Economics Restrictive Elective 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
Co-major/Minor/Elective Course 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Student Learning Outcomes

   Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Economics program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify ethical issues and understand the implications of social responsibility for sustainable business practices.
  2. Evaluate information and apply critical thinking skills to identify solutions and inform business decisions.
  3. Utilize technology, apply quantitative methods and interpret data to solve business problems.
  4. Integrate knowledge of core business concepts and collaborate productively as part of a team.
  5. Work effectively in a diverse environment and understand how global and cultural issues effect the organization and its stakeholders.
  6. Compose clear and concise forms of written communication to effectively convey ideas and information associated with business topics.
  7. Communicate business concepts effectively through oral presentation.
  8.  Identify the determinants of various macroeconomics aggregates such as output, unemployment, inflation, productivity and the major challenges associated with the measurement of these aggregates.
  9. Articulate, both orally and in writing, the core economic principles, concepts and theories that form the foundation for modern economic research.
  10. Explain core economic terms, concepts and theories such as: market and price allocation mechanisms, equilibrium in microeconomics and macroeconomics, measures of economic change, concepts of comparative advantages, and type of market failures.
  11. Represent economic relationships using graphical and mathematical tools and provide meaningful verbal interpretation of these representations.