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The Economics department provides students who major in economics with a solid foundation in micro- and macro-economic theory, as well as methodology and several schools of economic thought wihin the framework of a liberal arts curriculum.

The core courses for all majors include ECON 160 Principles of Economics, ECON 202 Statistics, ECON 300 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, ECON 301 Microeconomic Theory and Policy, ECON 304 Econometrics and ECON 305 Political Economy. Economics offers a disciplinary major, a B.A., and a disciplinary minor.

All departmental courses must be completed with a letter grade of C- or better in order to be credited towards the major; courses taken CR/NC may not be counted towards the major or minor.  

Course List

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Requirements for the Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 11 courses ECON 160; two topics/issues courses at the 100- or 200-level; ECON 202; the four core courses (ECON 300, ECON 301, ECON 304, ECON 305); and three additional upper-level courses. Students are encouraged to take at least one of the upper-level courses at the 400 level. Only one 450 (Independent Study) or 495 (Honors) can count towards the major.  

Requirements for the Minor

disciplinary, 6 courses ECON 160; two topics/issues courses; ECON 300; ECON 301; and one additional course at the 300- or 400-level. Economics Class