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Academics

As an Economics major at URI, you can choose either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program.

The B.A. in Economics

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides you with a deep knowledge of the world’s economy in the best traditions of the liberal arts. In this program you are required to complete seven core and three additional courses within economics.  Other requirements are consistent with all B.A. programs at the University.

Curriculum
The B.A. degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits (maximum 48) in Economics, including:

  • ECN 201, 202, 305, 306, 324 or 327, 323 or 328, 445, and at least three additional ECN courses numbered 300 or above.

You may substitute up to six credits from related courses taught by other departments for the final requirement above. Three of these credits may be a statistics course (BUS 210, 212; STA 308, 409, or 412) and do not require departmental approval. You may also substitute any other course at the University with permission of the economics department chair. Normally, the chair will approve only courses that are at the 300 level or above and have a strong economics component. If you are planning to do graduate work in economics, you are encouraged to take ECN 375, 376 and at least one semester of statistics.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.  In addition, you must have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 overall and 2.0 in their major to graduate.

Download the B.A. Curriculum Sheet (PDF) (entry year 2015 or earlier)

Entry year 2016 or later

The B.S. in Economics

For the B.S. degree, you may choose one of two options:

  • Applied Economics: Designed for students who intend to seek employment as economists immediately after graduation, or who are interested in graduate work in areas such as law and business.
  • Economic Theory and Methods: Recommended for students preparing for graduate study in economics.

APPLIED ECONOMICS
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics 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.  In addition to many of the same core courses as the B.A., the B.S. in Applied Economics also requires that students complete courses in statistics, econometrics, and quantitative methods.  A basic knowledge of calculus is required for the B.S. in Applied Economics.

Curriculum
This option requires a minimum of 31 credits in Economics including:

  • ECN 201, 202, 305, 327, 328, 375, 376, 445, and at least two additional ECN courses numbered 300 or above.

In addition, students must complete:

  • BUS 210 or MTH 451 or STA 308
  • MTH 131 or MTH 141 before taking ECN 375

Download the B.S. Applied Curriculum Sheet (PDF) (entry year 2015 or earlier)

Entry year 2016 or later


ECONOMIC THEORY AND METHODS
The B.S. in Economic Theory and Methods includes in-depth coursework in the Department of Mathematics.  In addition to 31 credits in Economics, students must complete six prescribed courses in Mathematics.  Although anyone desiring a program with intensive quantitative rigor may choose this major, it is particularly recommended for students planning graduate work in economics.

Curriculum
This option requires a minimum of 31 credits in Economics including:

  • ECN 201, 202, 305, 327, 328, 376, 445 and at least three additional ECN courses numbered 300 or above.

In addition students must complete:

  • MTH 141, 142, 215, 243, 307, 244 or 442 or 435

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. In addition, students must have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 overall and 2.0 in their major to graduate.

Download the B.S. Theory/Methods Curriculum Sheet (PDF) (entry year 2015 or earlier)

Entry year 2016 and later

Double-majoring

Approximately one-quarter of economics students have a second major. While a variety of disciplines are represented—from business to languages–Political Science is the single most popular.  In addition, nearly two dozen economics majors are minoring in business administration.

Minoring in Economics

Students may earn a minor in economics by completing 18 credits of coursework.  Economics minors should plan on completing ECN 201 Principles of Economics:  Microeconomics and ECN 202 Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics plus four additional courses of the student’s choosing.  Students must declare the minor by the end of the first week of their final term, and must meet with department chair or University College advisor to complete the proper paperwork.

Learning Outcomes

See the list of specific learning outcomes for Economics majors.


Alumni Profile

Meghan Skira, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Georgia; "I would not have been an Economics major had it not been for Professor Rick McIntyre’s ECN 100 course. Professor Glen Ramsay's Principles courses further piqued my interest in the major and sparked my desire to go to graduate school. They both emphasized that economics is a field that is vital for answering a variety of policy-relevant questions, a lesson which has heavily influenced the research projects I have pursued. They also taught me an immeasurable amount about what it means to be an effective teacher. Their passion for economics, generosity of time and spirit, and ability to push students to think deeply and critically are qualities I strive to achieve in the classroom. In fact, during my junior year, I had the opportunity to be an undergraduate teaching assistant for Rick McIntyre's ECN 100 course, where I assisted in grading papers and held office hours and review sessions. This experience was key in shaping my desire to work in academia."


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