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Bachelor of Arts in Economics

  • The economics major has the option of pursuing a general track or a quantitative track. The general track provides a firm grounding in economic theory and exposure to problems and techniques the student is likely to 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 course work. This track is also recommended for those students who prefer a more quantitative approach to problem solving. Completion of this track fully prepares the student for entrance into the department’s Master of Arts in Economics program at IUPUI as well as graduate programs at other universities.


For information on careers and earning following a B.A. in Economics, please visit: www.aeaweb.org/students/careers.php

All majors must complete the following:

  • ECON-E201: Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON-E202: Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E270: Introduction toStatistical Theory for Econocmics and Business
  • ECON-E321: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON-E322: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

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


General Track

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)
  • ECON-E406: Senior Survey (3 credit hours)

The total number of credit hours is 33.

General Track Sample Plan of Study
General Track Sample Plan of Study including Summers


Quantitative Track

The quantitative track requires an additional six courses (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)

The total number of credit hours is 32.

Quantitative Track Sample Plan of Study
Quantitative Track Sample Plan of Study including Summers

To satisfy the department’s residency requirement, at least 12 credit hours of economics must be taken at IUPUI. A grade of C (2.0) or better must be received in each course required for the major (a C- does not count). The Department of Economics accepts only two 300 to 400 level courses from the business minor toward Area III of the School of Liberal Arts Distribution requirements.


What should I do if interested?

For advising in the selection of courses contact the Economics Undergraduate Advisor:
Kim Heavrin, kmatwell@iupui.edu or 317-278-7585

Minor in Economics

  • Have you considered an economics minor?
    • It will broaden your perspective and enhance your employment opportunities.
    • It will appear on your transcript.
    • Many of you have already completed, or will be required to complete as part of your major, a significant portion of the requirements.
    • After you have completed all your courses and received your grades, complete the Minor in Economics form and submit it to the Department of Economics office, CA 516.

The minor in economics requires 15 hours of economics with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course. The courses include E201 (Intro to Microeconomics) and E202 (Intro to Macroeconomics) plus nine (9) hours of E300 or higher level course, which may include E270 (Introduction to Statistical Theory in Business and Economics).

Residency requirements: nine (9) credit hours of the minor must be completed at IUPUI.

Although the Business School does not require a minor, business students are required to take three of five courses (E201, E202, and E270) required for an economics minor. By electing two additional upper level courses (E300 or higher), a student can earn a minor in economics.


Courses that may be elected to complete the minor include:

*E303 International Economics 

*E325 Comparative Economics 

  E304 Labor Economics

  E337 Economic Development

  E305 Money and Banking

  E385 Economics of Industry

  E307 Economics of Sports

  E387 Health Economics

  E307 Game Theory and Strategic Decision Making

  E406 Senior Seminar

  E308 Public Finance

  E414 Nonprofit Economy and Public Policy

  E321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory

  E470 Econometrics

  E322 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory

*May be used to fulfill the international dimension requirement in the School of Business


What should I do if I am interested?

For advice about selecting courses, consult the Economics Undergraduate mentor, Shahrokh Towfighi.
Office: CA 509A
Phone: 278-7213
Email: stowfig@iupui.edu

Students need to initiate a record update by visiting: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/updatemajor/index.php. Students who submit the form should anticipate 7-10 business days before they see the updated major information on their account.  The minor portion of the form is only a declaration of intent for students seeking to minor within Liberal Arts at this time. You will not be awarded a minor until completion of your undergraduate program. For information on the new online application process and awarding, please contact the School of Liberal Arts student affairs office at: 317-274-2200

Please note, minors are not automatically applied in the system without the student first declaring their intent and it cannot be applied after a degree has been conferred. All courses to be applied towards the minor must receive a C (2.0) or higher. C- will not be counted. Substitution of a non econ course to count towards the minor are rare and must be pre-approved, in writing, by Shahrokh Towfighi (stowfig@iupui.edu).