Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Economics Major

General Information

The objective of the Economics major is to provide students with the analytical tools that enable them to think for themselves, not only about economics but also about the world around them. Courses range from the traditional, such as Money and Banking or American Economic History, to the analytical, such as Microeconomics or Macroeconomics. Some courses feature hands-on experience with both microcomputers and the University’s mainframe computer. The Senior Seminar provides experience in supervised research and delivery of an oral presentation.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities are available in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Typical employment might be in banking, with public sector agencies such as a board of health, with the federal government, as a stockbroker, in secondary level teaching, or in private sector management. Students with just one year of graduate training may enter Federal Civil Service at the GS 7 or GS 9 level.

Graduates are well positioned for graduate work in economics, law, business, and public administration. Those pursuing graduate work in economics can expect to find teaching positions at colleges and universities.

Economics Faculty

Program Objectives

  1. To provide a thorough understanding of economic theory.
  2. To apply economic theory to the analysis of a variety of social, political, and business issues.
  3. To develop students’ ability to think creatively and independently about a variety of social, political, and business issues.
  4. To apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to developing solutions to problems at the level of an individual decision making unit like a business firm or a nonprofit organization.
  5. To apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to developing solutions to problems at the level of the nation or the world.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required economics and mathematics courses (24 credit hours):

EC 111Principles of Microeconomics

3 cr.

EC 112Principles of Macroeconomics

3 cr.

EC 215Intermediate Macroeconomics

3 cr.

EC 216Intermediate Microeconomics

3 cr.

EC 490Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Economics

3 cr.


MATH 111Analysis for Business and Economics

3 cr.

MATH 120Intro Statistics for the Arts & Sciences

3 cr.

MATH 123Calculus I for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.


QR 112Quantitative Reasoning for Business

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:24
MATH 123 and MATH 124 can replace MATH 111 and MATH 123

Fifteen additional credit hours selected from:

EC 200/300/400 Upper-level economics courses
Total Credit Hours:15

Eighteen additional credit hours in social science courses, including three credit hours each of political science, history, psychology, and sociology.

Total Credit Hours:18

(Also satisfies the Social and Behavioral Science Perspective.)

Total Credit Hours: 57

The 2.0 required grade point average in the major is based upon all EC courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program.