Economics is the study of human behavior as it relates to the production, exchange, and consumption of goods and services. Emphasis is on the conceptual framework and analytical skills necessary to an understanding of complex interrelationships among individuals, businesses, and governments. The program also is designed to enable students to function as intelligent and informed citizens and to be prepared for careers in business, industry, and government. Further, the program provides an excellent basis for graduate study in economics or business as well as being an excellent preparation for law school. This degree program is co-sponsored by the Colleges of Social Sciences and the College of Business.

Fifteen hours of adjunct courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s adviser from the following areas: accounting, finance, history, mathematics, philosophy, political science, and/or sociology. Economics majors or minors must earn a grade of C or better in ECON B200 and ECON B201 to enroll in a 300- or 400-level economics class.

Bachelor of Arts - Economics

Freshman Fall Spring
ECON B200/ECON B201 3 3
MATH A115/MATH A116* 3 3
HISTT 122/HISTT 124 3 3
ENGLT 122,ENGLT 125 3 3
RELST 122 0 3
PHILT 122 3 0
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30

* Students planning to earn a graduate degree in economics are encouraged to take MATH A257 instead of MATH A116.

Sophomore Fall Spring
ACCTB202 0 3
DECSB205 3 3
ECONB300/ECONB301 3 3
Foreign Language 0 3
Science T122 0 3
PHILV252 0 3
ADV CC 3 6
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Junior Fall Spring
ECONB305 0 3
FIN B300 0 3
POLSA230/POLSA231 3 3
ADV CC 3 3
ADJUNCT Elective 3 3
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Senior Fall Spring
Economics Electives 6 6
Common Curriculum 3 3
Elective 6 6
Semester Totals 15 15
Total 30
Total Course Hours 120

Program Objectives

The purpose of the degree in economics is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of economic processes and the ability to analyze critically economic issues, so they can function as intelligent, informed business leaders and productive members of society. Emphasis is placed on understanding how interactions among people in their roles as consumers and producers, and as individuals or members of social, cultural, political, and economic organizations, are coordinated.

  • Graduates should be able to critically analyze the economic effects, both intended and unintended, of decisions made under diverse institutional frameworks.
  • Graduates should be able to effectively communicate economic theories analyses.
  • Graduates should have abroad understanding of the functional areas of business and the application of economics to business decision making.
  • Students planning to earn a graduate degree in economics are encouraged to take MATH A257 instead of MATH A116.


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