Major in Economics

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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.

Major Requirements

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.

The Minor

A minimum of five courses is required for the minor in economics, including:

  • ECO 210 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECO 211 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Three upper-level courses in economics

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses taken for a minor in economics and a GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

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