Majoring in Economics

Economics is all about people and the decisions they make. Why do humans do what they do? This is the burning question that economists are driven to answer.

Studying economics will help you to understand how the world works, and why it moves in the ways that it does. Economics is a doorway to endless possibilities, because it is a science of human behavior. Your academic journey will focus on unraveling complicated systems and how they are built by human desires and motivations. In the process, you will gain the tools and expertise to change your world for the better.

As a ecomonics major,

 

Required Courses

  • ECON-E201: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E202: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E270: Introduction to Statistical Theory for Economics and Business
  • ECON-E321: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E322: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E406: Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)

These courses should be completed by the end of your junior year. Note that E201 is a prerequisite for E202 and E321 and that E202 is a prerequisite for E322.

As an economics major, you have the option to pursue a general track or a quantitative track in your studies. In the general track, you will receive a firm grounding in economic theory and exposure to problems and techniques that you will likely encounter in a business, nonprofit, or government agency environment. The quantitative track supplements the general track with extensive training in mathematical and statistical techniques required for graduate work. The quantitative track fully prepares you for entrance into the department’s Master of Science in Economics program as well as graduate programs at other universities.

Electives

The General Track requires an additional six courses, consisting of the following:

  • Three (3) 300 or 400 level electives from Economics (9 credit hours)
  • MATH-M118: Finite Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • MATH-M119: Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 credit hours)

    The total number of credit hours is 33.

The Quantitative Track requires an additional five or six (or seven courses, depending on the math sequence), consisting of the following:

  • One (1) 300 or 400 level elective (excluding E470) (3 credit hours)
  • ECON-E470: Introduction to Econometrics (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 16500: Analytic Geometry ^ Calculus I (4 credit hours)
  • MATH 16600: Analytic Geometry ^ Calculus II (4 credit hours)
  • ECON-E406: Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)

Recommended Curriculum

To provide you with guidance that will both enhance your academic experience and avoid problems meeting requirements, the Department of Economics has developed the following suggested curriculum for planning your economics courses, as a major.

Freshman Year

General Track:

  • MATH-M118: Finite Mathematics
  • MATH-M119: Brief Survey of Calculus I

Quantitative Track:

  • MATH15300: College Algebra
  • MATH15400: Trigonometry

Sophomore Year

General Track:

  • ECON-E201: Intro to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E270: Introduction to Statistical Theory
  • ECON-E202: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Meet with Career Advisor

Quantitative Track:

  • ECON-E201: Intro to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E202: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Meet with Career Advisor

Junior Year

General Track:

  • ECON-E322: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E321: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Meet with Career Advisor

Quantitative Track:

  • ECON-E270: Introduction to Statistical Theory
  • ECON-E322: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E321: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics Major Elective at 300/400 level

Senior Year

General Track:

  • Economics Major Elective at 300/400 level
  • ECON-E406: Senior Seminar
  • Economics Major Elective at 300/400 level
  • Notify School of Intent to Graduate
  • Meet with Career Advisor

Quantitative Track:

  • ECON-E470: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON-E406: Senior Seminar
  • Notify School of Intent to Graduate
  • Meet with Career Advisor

Degree Map

To help you guide your four-year college journey, consult your degree map for the general track or the quantitative track for a snapshot of classes you will be taking to finish your degree to completion.