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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 
Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Economics - BA

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The Department of Economics offers two majors: the Economics - BA , requiring a minimum of 24 credits and the Accounting - BS  , requiring a minimum of 30 credits of accounting and an additional 33 credits of professional studies.In addition, for motivated students, the department offers the opportunity to complete both the BA and MA degrees within 30 credits.

Economics - Accelerated BA/MA 

Grade Options

The department strongly urges economics majors who plan to go on to graduate or professional school to choose letter grades rather than CR/NC.


Students majoring in economics must take:

A. Courses Preliminary to the Economics Major

Additional Information

Although required, neither ECO 20000 nor ECO 20100 are counted as part of the 24 credits in the major. Students may begin the study of economics with either ECO 20000  or ECO 20100 . If they wish a one-semester survey before embarking on the principles courses, they may take ECO 10000 , but this is not required. If taken, ECO 10000 cannot be substituted for either ECO 20000 or 20100 or credited toward the major.

B. Core of the Economics Major

Additional Information

These courses, along with ECO 20000 and 20100 (as described above), are the core of the economics major. Majors are advised to complete ECO 22000 (or MATH 15000) and ECO 22000 within their first 75 credits of college work and ECO 30000 or 30100 within their first 90 credits. For students already at or beyond these points when they become majors, such courses should be taken within the first 12 credits following declaration of the major.

The department may waive the requirement of any of the above or other courses upon satisfactory proof of course equivalency. Courses waived through substitution or examination do not provide course credit nor do they count toward the major.

C. Elective courses

The remaining 9 (if ECO 22000 was taken) or 12 (if MATH 15000 is credited to the major) credits needed to complete the 24-credit major shall be satisfied by other economics courses offered by the department. No courses in accounting or business law may be credited toward the economics major.

Minor in Economics

Interdepartmental Fields

Students may take courses in economics as part of an interdepartmental program of study in Latin American and Caribbean studies, environmental studies (geography), women’s and gender studies and Jewish social studies. Listings in each area discuss recommended courses.


Students may receive one credit for internships in government agencies, private firms, and not-for-profit institutions. The position must provide opportunities for learning about some area of economics, accounting, or business. The course may be taken no more than twice. Credits may not be applied towards the economics or accounting major. Internships will be graded on a CR/NC basis. Note that it is the responsibility of the student, not the Department, to identify internship opportunities.


Students with a 3.5 GPA in a major offered by the department and an overall 2.8 GPA at the beginning of their upper senior semester may apply for departmental honors at that time. Completion of the following and submission of an honors paper are required. Honors papers are written under faculty supervision and must be approved by a second reader as well. GPA levels must be maintained for the award of departmental honors.

Public Policy

Economics majors may find both the minor and the Certificate Program in Public Policy  of particular interest. 

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