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Requirements for B.A.

Basic Requirements 

(Revised checklist effective April 2, 2018) ONLY for NEW ECO MAJORS

The major in Economics leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree.  All courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the major requires approximately 41-45 credits.

A.  A minimum of 11 courses, at least ten of them in economics, distributed as follows:

1.  ECO 108 Introduction to Economics

2. Intermediate economics courses:

        • ECO 303 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
        • ECO 305 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
        • ECO 320 Mathematical Statistics
        • ECO 321 Econometrics

3. Five additional courses in Economics at the 300 level and above (not including  ECO 359 or  ECO 459). Each of these must be taken for a minimum of three credits.

4. One additional course, either in economics (not including ECO 359 or  ECO 459
    or from a  list of pre-approved electives in other departments, that carries a minimum of three credits.
Note:  No more than two 400-level courses will count toward fulfillment of the major.

B. MAT 125   Calculus A (or  MAT 130/ MAT 125). If students do not place into  MAT 125  on the basis of the math placement examination,   MAT 123  or  MAT 119/ MAT 123 is a required course for the major.
or   AMS 151 Applied Calculus I
or level 6 on the mathematics placement examination
or any higher level calculus course (See Note 2)

C. Upper-Division Writing Requirement:

Students should meet the upper-division writing requirement during their senior year, after having completed all (or most) of their upper-division major requirements. All students must do so by registering for the WRTD certified class   ECO 359  unless they intend to complete a larger, more substantial, independent research project. Those seeking to complete a substantial independent research project should not register for   ECO 359. They should instead seek a faculty member's approval to register for   ECO 487  and obtain their WRTD certification by registering for the 0-credit   ECO 459  class in the same semester. In exceptional cases, a paper completed as part of another upper division class might be used to satisfy the upper-division writing requirement as long as the class instructor and student agree to this and the student registers for   ECO 459  at the same time.

For double majors, students need to fulfill the Economics upper-division writing requirement in addition to their other major upper-division writing requirement.


1. Students who need to take  MAP 103  will be unable to take  ECO 108  in the first semester of the freshman year and will have to adjust their schedule accordingly.
2. Economics is a quantitative social science. Students planning to use their background in economics for graduate studies or in their careers should take additional courses in mathematics and applied mathematics.
3. A maximum of four courses in economics taken at other institutions may be applied toward the major.

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall Spring
One of MAT 125 or AMS 151 ECO 108
ECO 303
ECO 320 
ECO 305
Upper division ECO
ECO 321
Upper division ECO
Upper division ECO 
Upper division ECO 
Upper division Writing Requirement 
Upper division ECO 
Additional ECO or other  approved elective


Requirements for Honors

Qualified students can graduate with honors in Economics. As specified below, the requirements include an honors thesis approved by the Department's Undergraduate Committee. Students interested in graduating with honors will need to plan their studies well so they can produce an honors thesis of truly original content by the end of their graduation semester. Students will need to take upper division classes on topics of their interest and identify faculty members that are able and willing to guide them through a substantial research project. They should agree with the faculty member and register for   ECO 487  in a subsequent semester and ensure that they and their advisor devote enough time on the project to bring it to the level required for the honors designation.

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

1. A grade point average of at least 3.5 in the five required courses (see A1 and A2 above), with no less than a B in any one of these courses.
2. A grade point average of at least 3.50 in five upper division electives in Economics (see A3 above).
3. Six credits in economics at the 400 level.
4. An honors thesis, submitted to the director of undergraduate studies for honors evaluation by the Undergraduate Committee.