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Major in Economics

Major in Economics

The major in economics requires the successful completion of a total of ten courses, consisting of six core courses and four economics elective courses.

Core courses (all six are required; note the possible substitutions):

Elective Courses (select four from the following list):


ECON 100 and 101 may be taken in any order; this is true also for ECON 200 and 201. Generally, majors complete ECON 100 and 101 by the end of the sophomore year and the remaining core courses by the end of the junior year. ECON 100 and/or 101 are prerequisites for all upper-level courses.

The student should work closely with her faculty advisor, who can provide invaluable assistance in various aspects of the student's success. First, the student may seek guidance in selecting economics courses that focus on a particular field of interest within economics such as international economics, monetary economics, social analysis, or public policy. Second, the advisor may help the student identify non-economics courses that would enhance the student's intellectual growth according to her interests, strengths, and goals. Third, the student may want assistance in identifying student organizations or other co-curricular activities that would enhance her study and application of economics. Fourth, the advisor may assist the student in planning and preparing for graduate study or careers.

Students considering future graduate study in economics or related fields should take ECON 393 and courses in calculus and possibly other areas of mathematics; they should also consider various options that combine economics and mathematics, including the Joint Major in Economics and Mathematics.

Economics majors must also complete eight semester hours of independent learning in order to fulfill the all-College requirement. While the independent learning requirement may be completed in other departments, students are encouraged to complete the requirement within economics. The independent learning requirement can be met within the department through any combination of ECON 350 Independent Study, 355 Thesis, 370 Internship, 390 Special Topics, and 393 Econometrics. ECON 350, 355, and 370 do not count toward the 16-semester-hour elective requirement for the economics major. If used for independent learning, ECON 390 and 393 also do not count toward the elective requirement.