B.A. in Economics

B.A. in Economics

(HEGIS 2204)

It is the mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Economics to be recognized as a high quality program evidenced by the training and professional accomplishments of the economics faculty, the high quality of instruction, and the success of economics majors gauged by their abilities to realize their professional goals. This program endeavors to achieve the following objectives: developing basic economic literacy that will enable majors to understand and interpret economic events regularly making headlines in the media at the local, national, and global levels; and, providing a solid grounding in economic theory, applications, numerous specializations within economics, and statistics, thereby enabling students to understand effectively how limited resources are utilized most efficiently, the strategic behavior of consumers and firms, the costs and benefits of globalization, methods of assessing economic performance, and the formulation and impact of governmental economic policies in helping to solve socioeconomic problems.

Career Outcomes for Economics Majors

This degree program will sharpen the major’s analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills that will, in turn, effectively prepare them for a myriad of career opportunities available in private sector companies, non-profit and international organizations, the government at all levels — town, city, state, and federal — and educational institutions in areas such as banking, criminal justice, economic consulting, environmental regulation, health care administration, industrial analysis, international trade, insurance, journalism, law, public policy, real estate, teaching, and urban and transportation planning; preparing majors for graduate degree programs in a variety of fields including economics, business, international studies, law, and public policy; providing opportunities to be exposed to the original ideas, writings, and analyses of leading economic philosophers with diverse economic/political ideologies; and enabling majors to conduct original economic research.

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College-Wide Requirements 9 credits
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Core Requirements 33 credits
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Major Requirements 36 credits

ECN 1001A Introductory Macroeconomics 3
ECN 2002A Introductory Microeconomics 3
ECN 2036A Economic Statistics 3
ECN 3171A Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECN Capstone Experience 3
Economics majors are required to select one of the following four six-credit Economics capstone course sequences (three credits per course)
ECN 4191A, 4192A Independent Study or
ECN 4195N4196N Economics Internship or
ECN 4197N4198N Economics Cooperative Education Internship or
ECN 4291A4292A Honors Project (for Departmental Honors in Economics)**
ECN Electives 18

Open Electives 42 credits
Total: 120 credits

*Students may not satisfy the economics electives requirements with any of the economics capstone experience courses. Additionally, of the five (5) ECN Core courses offered, only ECN 2101C and ECN 2102C will be able to count toward the electives requirements for the Economics major.

Suggested Sequence of Course Work for the B.A. in Economics
Semester 1

FYE First Year Experience Seminar (Freshman only) 3
ECN 1001A Introductory Macroeconomics 3
ENG 1001A Principles of Writing 3
Core HST/HUM/PHL 3
Core DRM/MUS/VIS 3

Total: 15

Semester 2

ECN 2002A Introductory Microeconomics 3
MTH MTH 1002A or MTH 1014A 3
Core HST/HUM/PHL 3
Core DRM/MUS/VIS 3
Open Elective 3

Total: 15

Semester 3

ECN 3171A Intermediate Microeconomics 3
Core ECN/POL/SOC 3
Core NSC 2003C 3
ECN Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Total: 15

Semester 4

ECN 2036A Economic Statistics 3
Core ECN/POL/SOC 3
Core NSC 2004C 3
ECN Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Total: 15

Semester 5

Core ANT/PSY/PSY 3
ECN Electives 6
Open Electives 6

Total: 15

Semester 6

Core ANT/PSY/PSY 3
ECN Electives 6
Open Electives 6

Total: 15

Semester 7

ASC Senior Seminar 3
ECN Capstone Experience 3
Open Electives 9

Total: 15

Semester 8

ECN Capstone Experience 3
Open Electives 12

Total: 15

**Departmental Honors in Economics: A Departmental Honors Project is available to students in this program in their senior year (90 credits or more completed). The successful completion of both ECN 4291A and ECN 4292A requires substantial original independent economic research. ECN 4291A and ECN 4292A will be taken during the fall and spring semesters, respectively, of a single academic year.

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