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Economics Major

A major must complete 40 semester hours of economics courses and 4 semester hours of calculus. A minimum grade of “C” is required in the completion of the 40 semester hours of economics coursework and in the 4 hours of required calculus. It is strongly suggested that the student complete MATH 211 prior to the junior year. Of the 40 semester hours, 8 semester hours should be devoted to elective courses in economics at the 300 level.

Students planning to pursue graduate work in economics should take more than the required 8 semester hours of elective economics coursework. Elective spheres of concentration in economics are international economics, industrial organization, economic development, political economy, and public policy. Students majoring in economics as well as those majoring in other disciplines can combine major study with a minor in management and organization, the latter being housed in the Department of Economics. Completion of the coursework in the management and organization minor allows the students in other disciplines to develop a business focus.

Requirements

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Sophomore Year
• ECON 203 Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics (4)
• ECON 241 Principles of Macroeconomics (4)
• ECON 242 Principles of Microeconomics (4)

Junior Year

• ECON 303 Econometrics (4)
• ECON 304 Mathematical Economics (4)
• ECON 315 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (4)
• ECON 316 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)

Senior Year
Students will be required to take an exit exam.
• ECON 400 Senior Thesis (4) or for College-wide Honors Students
• ECON 490 Senior Thesis – Honors I (4)
• ECON 491 Senior Thesis – Honors II (4)
• Major Electives Two courses (8)

TOTAL: 40 (44 for Honors Students)

Cognate Courses
• MATH 211: Applied Calculus (4)

Objectives

A student who has successfully completed the major in economics will be able to:  

  1. comprehend the fundamental concepts and theoretical principles of the discipline;
  2. identify the economic dimensions of societal problems by effectively using appropriate economic concepts and definitions;
  3. apply the analytical and theoretical framework of economics in the investigation of societal problems by exhibiting a comprehension of the economic method and its mode of inquiry;
  4. apply the analytical and theoretical framework of economics in the investigation of societal problems by exhibiting a comprehension of the economic decision making process and its underlying rationale;
  5. apply the analytical and theoretical framework of economics in the investigation of societal problems by exhibiting a comprehension of the necessity of relating economic theory to predictive and explanatory policy purposes;
  6. apply the mathematical and quantitative tools of analysis for both problem solving and analytical purposes;
  7. appreciate the role of economics in dealing with social problems traditionally examined by other social science disciplines.

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