The major in Economics provides students with small classes in topics suitable to their own interests as well as excellent career opportunities and superb preparation for graduate studies. Make sure you explore the 4 reasons you should choose economics.
The department offers a major in Economics through either the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Business Administration. The only difference between the BBA and BA in Economics is the non-major courses required by the respective colleges.
In either case, the main components of the major are the same. Students must take both Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, both Intermediate Microeconomics and Intermediate Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Senior Seminar. The rest of the coursework in the major are elective courses chosen by the student according to their own interests.
The department also offers a minor in Economics which requires only 4 courses beyond Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics. Thus, it is relatively easy to fulfill the requirements and serves as a nice complement to many majors throughout the university.
Of the 4 courses beyond Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics, students are required to take either Intermediate Microeconomics or Intermediate Macroeconomics depending on their interest and then 3 other courses (which could include the other Intermediate course) chosen as electives.
The department also offers a combined BA/MA program which allows students to take MA courses as undergraduates which count towards both the BA in Economics and the MA in Economics. This allows students to earn a graduate degree and the advantages of higher starting salaries and additional career opportunities in a shortened amount of time.
Regardless of the program selected, students have the opportunity to fulfill their course requirements by choosing from a variety of elective courses according to their interests. Whether you have interests in firm behavior, education policy, urban issues, developing nations, how wages are determined, how we tackle the issues of poverty, the role of government in the economics or the complex issues of health care there are courses we offer to match your interests. For a full listing of courses see the course catalog or contact us with questions.