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2012-2013 Academic Catalog 
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Economics, B.A.

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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 or in history. 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 (280, 282), and Econometrics 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. Economics methods courses (those numbered 300–350) develop additional analytical capabilities, and seminar courses 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, and mathematics (including statistics and computer science). 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:

Economics Methods Courses: 4 credits

 Select one course from Economics courses numbered 300-350:

Other Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Note, 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 MAT 209 .  These math courses do not count toward the eight-course minimum required for the major.


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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