Curriculum in Economics

Students can complete the Economics major in four different ways:
  • A major in Economics
  • A major in Economics with a Policy Concentration
  • A major in Economics with a Finance Concentration
  • A major in Economics with a Data Analytics Concentration

The department’s curriculum is based on a three-tiered system. The one-semester introductory economics course, ECON 111 comprises Tier I and provides the background for Tier II. The micro/macro theory and quantitative methods sequence, ECON 332/333/334, and applied courses requiring only ECON 111 comprise Tier II. Tier III contains the department’s upper-division courses that require both micro/macro theory and quantitative methods; this tier culminates with the senior research course, ECON 384.

The tiered structure is designed to ensure that our students acquire both a breadth and depth of understanding of the economics literature and also get skills in quantitative reasoning and analyzing data.

Quick Facts

  • Total classes:
  • Weeks per class: 16
  • Total Credit Hours: 16
  • Average classes: 18
  • Total Faculty: 6
  • Scholarships:
  • Next Start Date: 08/26/2024
  • Applications Due: 08/01/2024

A major in Economics with no concentration is a great option for students seeking to double major in a different discipline, pursue study abroad and/or pick up a couple of minors. The Economics major has breadth and depth to prepare students to attend graduate school (with a minor or double Major in mathematics), or start a job in the corporate sector, prepare for law school or work at a bank or with the government.

For students especially interested in careers in finance such as mutual funds or investment banking or interested in pursuing graduate school in Finance we offer a major in Economics with a Finance Concentration.

For students interested in public policy issues and wishing to work for a non-profit or a research think tank or interested in pursuing graduate school in Public Policy we offer a major in Economics with a Policy Concentration.

For students interested in Data Analytics and wishing to hone skills to prepare them to be data analysts or pursue graduate school in Data Sciences or Business we offer a major in Economics with a Data Analytics Concentration.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECON 111 Introduction to Economics 4 Credits
ECON 202 Readings in Economics 1 Credit
ECON 217 Applied Statistics for Economics, Business, and Society 4 Credits
ECON 270AA History of Australian Economics-Australia 4 Credits
ECON 271 Individual Learning Project 1-4 Credits
ECON 302 Readings in Economics 1 Credit
ECON 314 Economics of Financial Institutions and Markets 4 Credits
ECON 315 American Economic History 4 Credits
ECON 316 Asian Economies 4 Credits
ECON 317 International Economics 4 Credits
ECON 318 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 4 Credits
ECON 320 Market Structures and Firm Strategy 4 Credits
ECON 323 Economics of the Public Sector 4 Credits
ECON 325 Political Economy of Gender and Race 4 Credits
ECON 326 History of Economic Thought 4 Credits
ECON 327 Economic Thought and Religious Values 4 Credits
ECON 329A Behavioral Economic Ideas 2 Credits
ECON 329B Behavioral Economic Analysis 2 Credits
ECON 329C Economics of Climate Change 2 Credits
ECON 329D International Economic History 4 Credits
ECON 329E The Economics of Innovation 4 Credits
ECON 332 Microeconomic Theory 4 Credits
ECON 333 Macroeconomic Theory 4 Credits
ECON 334 Introductory Econometric Analysis 4 Credits
ECON 350 Topics in Econometrics and Data Analysis 4 Credits
ECON 353 Labor Economics and Policy Analysis 4 Credits
ECON 359C Environmental Economics and Policy 4 Credits
ECON 359E Economics of Disasters 4 Credits
ECON 359G International Finance Theory and Policy 4 Credits
ECON 359H Education Economics & Policy 4 Credits
ECON 359I Introduction to Game Theory Applications in Economics 4 Credits
ECON 359J Economic Impact Evaluation 4 Credits
ECON 359K Economics, Philosophy, and Method 4 Credits
ECON 359L Financial Economics 4 Credits
ECON 362 Economic Development 4 Credits
ECON 363 Economic Growth 4 Credits
ECON 364 Dynamic Macroeconomics 4 Credits
ECON 370LA Political Economy of the EU: Brexit & beyond 4 Credits
ECON 371 Individual Learning Project 1-4 Credits
ECON 373 International Theory and Policy Analysis 4 Credits
ECON 374 Monetary Theory and Policy Analysis 4 Credits
ECON 376 Industrial Organization and Public Policy 4 Credits
ECON 380 Welfare Economics and Public Policy Analysis 4 Credits
ECON 384 Advanced Research in Economics 4 Credits
ECON 397 Internship 1-4 Credits
ECON 398 Honors Senior Essay, Research or Creative Project 1-4 Credits