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Economics Major

The major in Economics provides rigorous training in economic theory and quantitative methods. Students develop analytical and critical-thinking skills, and are well trained for careers in policy analysis, business, or for future graduate study.

The curriculum emphasizes:

  1. Economic theory
  2. Quantitative methods

The major is flexible and allows students to customize their program of study tailored to their interests by choosing electives from economics, business, accounting, agricultural economics or entrepreneurship. Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Economics or related fields are well prepared with an Economics degree. In addition, Economics majors have found success with careers in government research and analysis, international trade and financial analysis.

Course Catalog, Economics

Major Requirements 

  • ACCT 210 - Principles of Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACCT 211 - Principles of Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 301 - Intermediate Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 302 - Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 330 - Money and Banking (3 credits)
  • ECON 423 - Introduction to Econometrics (3 credits)
  • ECON 428 - Mathematical Economics (3 credits)
  • AGEC or ECON Elective (not including ECON 101) (3 credits)
  • Two Courses from the Following:
    • ECON 403-503 - History of Economic Thought (3 credits)
    • ECON 405 - Comparative Economic Systems (3 credits)
    • ECON 433 - Public Finance (3 credits)
    • ECON 440-540 - Economics of International Sector (3 credits)
    • ECON 450-550 - Industrial Organization (3 credits)
    • ECON 453-553 - Risk Management-Personal and Business (3 credits)
    • ECON 460-560 - Economic Development (3 credits)
    • ECON 472-572 - Resource and Environmental Economics (3 credits)
    • ECON 482 - Labor Economics (3 credits)

Supporting Coursework

  • ENGL 379 - Technical Communication (3 credits)
  • STAT 281 - Introduction to Statistics  (3 credits)

Additional Courses

  • ACCT 310 - Intermediate Accounting I  (3 credits)
  • ACCT 311 - Intermediate Accounting II (3 credits)
  • ACCT 320 - Cost Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCT 430 - Income Tax Accounting (3 credits)
  • BADM 310 - Business Finance (3 credits)
  • BADM 411-511 - Investments (3 credits)
  • BADM 424 - Operations Research (3 credits)
  • BADM 412 - Security Analysis (3 credits)
  • ECON 453-553 - Risk Management-Personal and Business (3 credits)
  • International Finance (3 credits)
  • MATH 440-540 - Mathematics of Finance (3 credits)

 

 

Financial Economics Emphasis

In addition to the core economics and quantitative courses, students have the option to choose courses that emphasize finance. The Financial Economics emphasis provides an in-depth focus on the financial aspects of the business world.
 

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees are offered in Economics. The B.A. degree requires course work in a modern language and is recommended for students with an interest in international economics or business. In contrast, the B.S. degree requires additional coursework in science.

 

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