The Department of Economics offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in economics. The Bachelor of Arts degree provides a deep knowledge of the world’s economy in the best traditions of the liberal arts. The B.S. (Applied) is designed for students who are interested in a somewhat more quantitative approach to the field with, perhaps, the goal of gaining a position that requires a working knowledge of economic analysis. A basic knowledge of calculus is required for the B.S. in Applied Economics. The B.S. (Theory and Methods) includes in-depth coursework in the Department of Mathematics and is designed for students planning on graduate work in economics.
Faculty: Professor McIntyre, chairperson. Professors Burkett, Lardaro, Mead, Miller; Associate Professor Van Horn; Assistant Professors Anderson, Molloy, and Yang; Lecturers Dupuis, Jain, and Sayanak; Professors Emeriti Barnett, Ramsay, Starkey, and Suzawa.
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Students selecting this field must complete a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 48) in economics, including ECN 201 and 202 (6), 305 and 306 (6), 324 or 327 (3), 323 or 328 (3), and 445 (323 and 324 have calculus as a pre-requisite).
At least 9 credits must be completed from economics courses numbered 300 or above in addition to the core requirements. Students may substitute up to six credits from related courses taught by other departments. These substitutions must be approved by the economics department chairperson and filed with the Office of the Dean before taking the course. Three of these credits can be from statistics-BUS 210, 212, STA 308, 409, or 412-and do not require departmental approval. Students planning to do graduate work in economics are encouraged to take ECN 375, 376 and at least one semester of statistics.
If you are planning to do graduate work in economics, you are strongly encouraged to pursue a B.S. degree in economics.
A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Students in this curriculum may elect one of two options, applied economics or economic theory and methods, and must inform the dean’s office of the option.
Applied Economics. A minimum of 31 credits in economics including ECN 201, 202, 305, 327, 328, 375, 376, and 445. In addition, students must complete BUS 212 or MTH 451 or STA 308.
Economic Theory and Methods. A minimum of 31 credits in economics including ECN 201, 202, 305, 327, 328, 376, and 445. In addition, students must complete MTH 141, 142, 215, 243, 307, and 244 or 442 or 435. This option is recommended for students preparing for graduate study in economics.
A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.