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Economics Major, B.A.

The faculty of economics is a community of teacher-scholars engaged in theoretical, empirical and historical approaches to the study of the global economy and the varieties of capitalism extant in the world today. The faculty aims to create a collaborative teaching, learning and research environment emphasizing global awareness, environmental sensitivity and the synergies between theory and practice. Students majoring in economics are expected to acquire competencies in theory and empirical analyses, to adopt either an international or political concentration in their course work or to design their own major in consultation with two faculty members in economics. Individually designed majors are required to complete all core economics course requirements. Majors are required to participate in our lecture series and are strongly encouraged to spend either a semester, year or summer studying abroad. Majors are also encouraged to work with a faculty member in economics on at least one research project. A 3-credit internship in a major international city such as Washington, D.C., is recommended.

Requirements for the Major

The economics major requires a minimum of 34-39 credits in economics at the 200 level or above.

All majors must take the following core economics courses:
  • ECON 200 Principles of Economics or ECON 205 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 206 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 305 Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 306 Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 452 History of Economic Thought
  • ECON 470 Seminar
All majors must also take:
  • ECMG 212 Statistics for Economics and Management
  • MATH 201 Calculus I

An internship (ECON 399—3 credits) is recommended. All majors are strongly encouraged to participate in a study abroad semester, year or summer.

All economics majors specialize in either international economics, political economy or design their own major with at least two faculty members in economics. courses required of all majors listed above plus:

  • ECON 324 International Trade
  • ECON 460 International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • ECON 480 Econometrics
and 9 credits from the following:
  • ECMG 303 Principles of Finance and Investment
  • ECON 310 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 316 Game Theory
  • ECON 317 Economics of Development
  • ECON 320 Women in the World Economy
  • ECON 326 Industrial Organization
  • ECON 328 Labor Economics
  • ECON 410 Public Economics
  • ECPS 414 Environmental Policy
  • ECMG 478 International Financial Management
  • PSCI 303 Public Policy Analysis
Majors specializing in Political Economy are required to take all of the courses required of all majors listed above plus:
  • ECON 318 Comparative Market Economies
  • ECON 326 Industrial Organization
  • ECON 410 Public Economics
and 9 credits from the following:
  • ECON 310 Environmental Economics
  • ECON 316 Game Theory
  • ECON 317 Economics of Development
  • ECON 319 Transitional Economies
  • ECON 320 Women in the World Economy
  • ECON 324 International Trade
  • ECON 328 Labor Economics
  • ECPS 414 Environmental Policy
  • ECON 460 International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics
  • ECON 480 Econometrics
  • PSCI 303 Public Policy Analysis
Students planning to pursue a doctorate in economics should also take:

ECON 480 Econometrics; MATH 202 Calculus II; MATH 203 Calculus III; MATH 304 Differential Equations; MATH 339 Linear Algebra; MATH 351 Probability and Statistics; and MATH 453 Introduction to Real Analysis.