Curriculum

The major in Economics leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Economics to track their progress. The major curriculum is published below.

Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the major or minor.

Requirements for the Major in Economics

Completion of the major in Economics requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:

Two Integrative Courses. These must be chosen from courses in related fields (i.e., social sciences, history, mathematics, or statistics) and approved by the advisor.

Two Introductory Courses:

  • ULEC 2231 Introduction to Political Economy
  • LECO 2040 Understanding Global Capitalism

Two Intermediate Courses:

  • LECO 3877 Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • LECO 3823 Intermediate Microeconomics

Three Other Required Courses:*

  • LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought
  • Introductory statistics (e.g., LMTH 2025 Statistics for the Social Sciences or LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS) or introductory econometrics (e.g., LECO 3010 Introduction to Econometric Methods and Applications) or the equivalent.
  • Either one semester of LMTH 2040 Calculus, LMTH 3006 Math Tools for Social and Natural Sciences, or the equivalent.

    * Students planning to pursue the four-year BA/MA program in Economics or to continue in related graduate studies are strongly encouraged to take LMTH 3006 Math Tools for Social and Natural Sciences as well as LECO 3010 Introduction to Econometric Methods and Applications (for which introductory statistics or equivalent preparation is a prerequisite). 

Three Elective Courses in Economics
At least two of these courses must be numbered 3000 or higher. With their advisor's permission, students can substitute courses in related social science fields at equivalent levels for two of the three electives.

Senior Capstone
The senior capstone takes the form of an individual or collaborative independent project, a senior seminar or any graduate course in economics.

Requirements for the Minor in Economics

Undergraduate students from any college in the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select the minor in Economics, which requires the completion of the following courses:

  • One introductory course, chosen from:
    ULEC 2231 Introduction to Political Economy
  • One intermediate course, chosen from:
    LECO 3877 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    LECO 3823 Intermediate Microeconomics
  • One history or methods course, chosen from:
    • LECO 3101 History of Economic Thought
    • Introductory statistics (e.g., LMTH 2025 Statistics for the Social Sciences or LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS ) or introductory econometrics (e.g., LECO 3010 Introduction to Econometric Methods and Applications), or the equivalent
    • Either one semester of LMTH 2040 Calculus, LMTH 3006 Math Tools for Social and Natural Sciences, or the equivalent
  • Two elective economics courses, of which at least one must be numbered 3000 or higher

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect Economics as an academic minor; however, they can pursue a deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor or read more about the self-designed option at Lang.