Economics Major


The economics major is strongly rooted in both critical thinking and practical analytical skills. Economics is all about using incentives to answer everything from small questions (what’s an effective way to organize a fishery?) to big questions (why did the Soviet Union fail?) to oddball questions (why don’t chimps have language?). You’ll come away with both the rigorous concepts that help make sense of the world and the tools that help quantify it.

Admission to the Program

A student’s cumulative GPA in the foundation courses is used to determine whether the student will be admitted to the major. Students must earn a minimum average GPA of 2.5 in the following seven foundation courses, with no grade lower than “C-.” Transfer grades are included in the calculation of the overall GPA.

Foundation Course Requirements (21 credits)

Program Requirements

Students pursue the Economics Major as part of a Bachelor of Science degree, and must satisfy its requirements. Students are also bound by the terms of study in the School of Business and Management. To satisfy degree requirements, students must earn (1) a grade of at least “C-” in each course used to satisfy a finance major requirement, and (2) an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in all courses required for the major.

General Education Requirements (31-34 credits)

Prerequisites (0-6 Credits)

Economics Core Courses (15 credits)

Business Core Courses (21 credits)

Electives (15 credits, at least 6 credits must be ECN)

Other Electives (5-12 Credits)

Total Credits (120 Credits)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

Competency Goal 1: Knowledge of economics: Students master knowledge of key economic concepts and theories

  • Objective 1.1 Students are able to apply key business concepts and theories associated with core economics areas.

Competency Goal 2: Analytical and Critical Writing: Students are capable of critically analyzing business conditions, and communicate effectively in a written format.

  • Objective 2.1 Students demonstrate skills to critically analyze economic issues.
  • Objective 2.2 Students demonstrate effective written communication skills.

Competency Goal 3: Professional Preparedness: Students are prepared for successfully entering the job market.

  • Objective 3.1 Students demonstrate market readiness in a professional setting.

Competency Goal 4: DEI and Social Responsibility.

  • Objective 4.1 Students understand the equity, diversity, inclusivity, and social responsibility issues in business and economics.