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Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics, BA

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The economics major prepares students to enter a wide range of careers in business, research, or the public sector. It also prepares students for graduate study in economics, business, law, or public administration. The degree develops broadly educated individuals who are flexible, skilled at solving problems, aware of a diversity of viewpoints, and responsive to rapidly changing economic environments.

During the course of majoring in economics, students develop excellent skills in written and verbal communication, quantitative analysis, application of technology, independent research, and critical thinking. The academic requirements of the major allow students to study abroad during one semester or during an entire year. Off-campus internships are available for advanced students who wish to gain relevant work experience in applied economics, while exploring specific career options.


Program Length

Four years for a complete BA degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes

A successful graduate with an economics major will be able to:

  • read and understand standard textbooks and general publications covering economic topics
  • write essays, short papers or major research papers in a clear and concise fashion, with emphasis on content, style, and analytical rigor
  • organize and present ideas and information orally as part of a team and as a sole presenter
  • use data and statistics to understand and to analyze relevant problems
  • use contemporary information technology effectively, including the library, Internet and computer software applications
  • design and carry out independent and collaborative projects

Baccalaureate Degree Core

Baccalaureate Degree Core Requirements   

Major Requirements: 32 credits

The major in economics requires completion of 28 credits in economics courses, and 4 credits in statistics. 

Students intending to do graduate work in economics should complete the calculus sequence and other selected math courses.

A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required in all major courses.

Electives: 12 Credits

Minimum of 8 credits at 300+ level.

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