Economics Major (BA in CAS)

With its focus on policy analysis and business applications, the Bachelor of Arts in Economics is designed for students who plan to enter the job market in business or government, or who plan to study business or law at the graduate level.

For a 30-credit Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, students complete the following:

EC 0011Introduction to Microeconomics3
EC 0012Introduction to Macroeconomics3
EC 0204Intermediate Microeconomic Theory3
EC 0205Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory3
EC 0278Economic Statistics (beginning with the Class of 2018)3
Select five elective courses in Economics15
Total Credits30

No more than three 100-level courses may be counted toward the requirements of the major. Additional 100-level courses may be taken as part of the student’s distribution of elective courses.

Economics majors are urged to take MA 0119 and MA 0120 (Applied Calculus I & II) or MA 0171 and MA 0172 (Calculus I & II) to fulfill their core mathematics requirement. Any questions about math requirements should be directed to the chair.

Investigative Learning Experience

Starting with the Class of 2021, students who complete either the BA or BS degrees in Economics will complete an Investigative Learning Experience as a graduation requirement. This written assignment will ask graduating students to reflect on their learning in the economics major, and to make connections across courses and other experiences, such as internships or study abroad. Students will write up these reflections as a paper and submit it to the department chairperson before graduation.