ACADEMICS

  • Economics

    The economics program is designed to help students understand the world they live in, analyze important social issues, and adapt to a changing economic climate. The BS in Economics will provide each student with knowledge of current economic thought and will develop students’ understanding of the role played by economic institutions in society. Having completed a thorough program integrating economic theory and practice, students will be prepared to effectively participate in society as informed citizens to promote social well-being. Students will be prepared to succeed in a wide array of positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations and will be able to successfully pursue graduate work in economics and related fields, predominately at the Masters level. Qualified majors will have an opportunity for honors and advanced coursework, intensive faculty interactions, national and regional competitions and activities, and economic research.

    Graduates with a BS in Economics will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to present orally and in writing a coherent, logical economic argument grounded in economic theory.
    • Read and assess articles on economic topics.
    • Articulate orally and in writing the core economic principles, concepts and theories that form the foundation for economic analysis and economic research.
    • Investigate economic issues by synthesizing, building, and using theories/ models to predict the behavior of economic agents.

    Evaluate economic issues and real world problems through data analysis and the application of appropriate statistical techniques, quantitative and/or qualitative methods. The Minor in Economics provides students with an excellent background for work in business fields such as banking, insurance, finance and accounting. Combining an Economics Minor with a B.S. degree in Business Administration helps to give students an edge in the marketplace. The Minor in Economics is equally appropriate for work in the private section, in the not-for-profit section and in the public sector at the federal, state, or local level. The minor may also help to prepare students for careers in teaching, journalism, and law, as well as for admission to graduate programs in public policy, law, business, international relations, journalism and related fields.

    Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics, is available to outstanding students.

    Requirements for a Major in Economics: 33 credits with EC designation

    • EC 110 Introduction to Microeconomics
    • EC 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • EC 150 Statistics (or another acceptable statistics course)
    • EC 200 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    • EC 201 Intermediate Microeconomics

    One of the following:

    • EC 202 Introduction to Mathematical Economics
    • EC 306 Introduction to Econometrics
      (or a course in which calculus is a primary topic)

    The remaining 15 (or more) credits may be chosen from economics electives in accordance with special interests and career objectives.
    Students are encouraged to take an internship if their program permits.
     
    Requirements for a Minor: 18 credits

    • EC 110 Introduction to Microeconomics
    • EC 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • PLUS Any four additional Economics courses

    BA courses that will count towards the major or minor in Economics:
    Students pursuing a major or minor in Economics may elect to use ONE of the following BA courses to count towards their electives in the EC major/minor that may also count within the electives of the BA minor. (Note: There are 15 credits of electives in the EC major, 12 credits of electives in the EC minor, and 12 credits of electives in the BA minor.)

    • BA 316 Financial Management
    • BA 404 Corporate Finance
    • BA 415 Investment Analysis
    • BA 416 Financial Markets and Institutions

    EC courses that will count towards the major in Economics and the minor in
    Business Administration
    :
    Students pursuing a major in Economics and a minor in Business Administration may use ONE of the following EC courses to count both within the 12 credits of elective courses for the BA minor AND within the 15 credits of electives for the EC major.

    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
    • EC 301 Economic Development
    • EC 307 International Finance
    • EC 308 International Trade

    EC courses that will count towards the major in Business Administration and a minor in Economics:
    Students pursuing a major in Business Administration and a minor in Economics may use TWO of the following EC courses to count in both within the 12 credits of elective courses for the BA major AND within the 12 credits of electives for the EC Minor:

    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
    • EC 301 Economic Development
    • EC 307 International Finance
    • EC 308 International Trade

    EC courses that will count towards the major in Business Administration:
    Students pursuing a major in Business Administration may use TWO of the following EC
    courses to count within the 12 credits of electives for the General Business concentration.

    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
    • EC 301 Economic Development
    • EC 307 International Finance
    • EC 308 International Trade

    EC courses that will count towards meeting the requirements of the International
    Business concentration:

    • EC 301 Economic Development
    • EC 307 International Finance
    • EC 308 International Trade

    EC courses that will count towards meeting the requirements of the Finance
    Concentration:

    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
    • EC 307 International Finance.

    BA courses and EC courses that will count towards meeting the requirements of a
    double major in Business Administration and in Economics:

    Students pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Economics may use:

    • TWO of the following EC courses to count within the 12 credits of elective (concentration) courses for the BA major, and
    • ONE of the following BA courses to count within the 15 credits of elective courses for the EC major.
    EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy 
    EC 301 Economic Development
    EC 307 International Finance
    EC 308 International Trade 
     BA 316 Financial Management
     BA 404 Corporate Finance
     BA 415 Investment Analysis
     BA 416 Financial Markets and Institutions