By establishing a strong foundation in analysis, accounting and mathematics, students who major in economics are provided with the tools to pursue careers in business, government and other theoretical applications. Core courses in economics describe the major economic institutions and the theory that explains their operations, with a focus on the problems of efficiency in the allocation of resources, full employment, price stability and economic growth.
With career paths or graduate school clearly defined, graduates with a degree in economics are also well equipped to engage and serve their communities—often lending their knowledge to issues surrounding fiscal policy, banking, and legal and governmental affairs.
Requirements for the Major
A minimum of nine courses is required, including:
BUS 261 Financial Accounting
ECO 210 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECO 211 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 414 Microeconomics
ECO 416 Macroeconomics
Two additional upper-level courses in economics
MTH 126 Analysis for Business and Social Sciences or MTH 151 Calculus
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
The department recommends that majors in economics who plan to attend graduate school acquire competence in calculus. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses taken for a major in economics and a GPA of 2.0 in the major.