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Requirements for B.A.

Basic Requirements 

(Revised checklist effective March 23, 2015) ONLY for NEW ECO MAJORS

The major in Economics leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The following courses are required.

  1. A minimum of 11 courses, at least 9 of them in Economics, distributed as follows:
    • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics. (Note that a grade of C or higher in MAT 122 or MAT 123 or AMS 151 is a prerequisite for this course).
    • ECO 303 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. A grade of C or better is required in both courses. (Note that MAT 122 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for this course).
    • ECO 305 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. A grade of C or better is required in both courses. (Note that MAT 122 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for this course).
    • ECO 320 Mathematicla Statistics. A grade of C or higher is required in this course. (Note that MAT 122 or MAT 123 or AMS 151 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for this course)
    • ECO 321 Econometrics.  A grade of C or higher in ECO 320 or AMS 310 is a prerequisite for this course).
    • Five additional courses in Economics at the 310 level and above. Each of these must be taken for a minimum of three credits and must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
    • One additional courses, either in Economics or from a list of pre-approved electives in other departments, each with a minimum of three credits and a grade of C or higher.
    • No more than two 400 level courses will count toward fulfillment of major requirements (Note: ECO 459 is 0 credit and does not count towards 400 level course)
  2. One semester of calculus (MAT 122 or higher or AMS 151 or a score of level 4 or higher on the Mathematics Placement Examination).
  3. Upper-Division Writing Requirement, enroll in ECO 459 (permission from instructor) effective Fall 2016
    (No permission needed for SPRING 2017-Enroll with Prof. Nuria Quella-Isla)

    Students should meet the upper-division writing requirement before the end of the junior year, demonstrating their competence in writing for the discipline by obtaining a satisfactory evaluation of their writing from the faculty instructor of any upper-division ECO course except ECO 320. Where a term paper or other major writing assignment is a required part of the course, this work will form the basis of evaluation. When the course involves no major writing assignment, the instructor will assign a special paper for those students in the class seeking to satisfy the writing proficiency requirement. In these cases, the number of students who will be permitted to seek evaluation may be limited. Students must request permission from the instructor at the beginning of the semester to use the course for this evaluation. Only students with a declared major in economics or with an economics concentration in either the multidisciplinary studies major or the social sciences major may apply to have their writing evaluated. Students who fail to fulfill the requirement on their first effort must do so in a subsequent semester before graduation.

Note: Courses taken on P/NC basis will not count toward fulfillment of major requirements. The calculus course must be taken for a letter grade and must be passed with a grade of C or higher. No transfer course with a grade lower than C may be applied toward the economics major.

 

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall Spring
Freshman
One of MAT 122, 125, or 131 ECO 108
Sophomore
ECO 303 ECO 305
Junior
ECO 320 
Upper division ECO
ECO 321
Upper division ECO 
Senior
Upper division ECO 
Upper division ECO
Upper division ECO 
Additional ECO or other approved elective

 

Requirements for Honors

Honors in Economics will be awarded to graduating seniors who have achieved the following:

  1. A grade point average of at lease 3.25 in the four required courses (A1.,2.), with no less than a B in any one of these courses.
  2. A grade point average of at lease 3.5 in any four electives in economics at the 300 level.
  3. Six credits in economics at the 400 level.
  4. An honors thesis, submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for honors evaluation.

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