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Economics, B.A.

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Keith Brouhle
Bill Ferguson
Andrea Kelly
Logan Lee
Ruoyun Mao


Tamara McGavock
Mishita Mehra
Mark Montgomery - Senior Faculty Status
Eric Ohrn
Hâle Utar

Economics is the study of how society uses its scarce resources. The goal of the department is to promote an understanding of the economic aspects of society and to develop each student’s ability to reason about economic issues—that is, to provide a basis for intelligent, responsible participation in modern society.

The study of economics provides a background for careers in business and public service and a foundation for graduate study in economics, business, law, and public policy. The study of economics complements undergraduate or later graduate work in other social sciences. ECN 111  introduces a student to the discipline. The courses numbered 205–250 consider important areas of applied economics at a level accessible to all students. The tools of economic analysis are systematically developed in intermediate theory courses (ECN 280 , ECN 282 ), and Econometrics (ECN 286 ), which are recommended to all students who expect to make use of economics in their studies, careers, or avocations. Students should take one course numbered 205–250 before taking ECN 280 , ECN 282 , or ECN 286 ; students who have already taken ECN 280 , ECN 282 , or ECN 286  would not normally take courses numbered 205–250. Advanced analysis courses (those numbered 300–350) develop additional analytical capabilities, and seminar courses (351-399) provide advanced applications of the discipline’s theoretical, empirical, and institutional insights.

A student majoring in economics will find available complementary work in history, other social sciences, computer science, and mathematics (including statistics). Students will be expected to access data and to use spreadsheet and statistical software to analyze economics issues. Off-campus study provides an excellent opportunity to observe and analyze how economic choices are made in other societies.

Major Requirements: a minimum of 32 credits

A minimum of 8 four-credit Economic courses are required.

Empirical Analysis: 4 credits

 One of the following courses:

Advanced Analysis Courses: 4 credits

 Select one course from Economics courses numbered 300-350:

History Requirement: 4 credits

  • One history course above the 100-level from a list approved by the economics department is required.  This course does not count toward the eight-course minimum required for the major.


  • Several economics courses have mathematics courses as prerequisites. ECN 280  and ECN 282  have a prerequisite of MAT 124  or MAT 131 ECN 286  has a prerequisite STA 209 . These math courses do not count toward the eight-course minimum required for the major. 
  • Economics MAPs and Independent Studies do not count towards the 32 credits for the major unless approved by the department.


To be considered for honors in economics, graduating seniors, in addition to meeting the College’s general requirements for honors, must demonstrate to the department’s satisfaction that they have achieved depth and breadth in their course of study.

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