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Major Requirements

Prospective majors should aim to complete , , , statistics, and calculus by the end of sophomore year, especially if they plan to study abroad during their junior year, and they should aim to complete  by the end of junior year. The economics major meets the classification as a STEM discipline according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) so that international students are eligible for a 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension.

The major in economics consists of nine courses in economics and two mathematics prerequisites unless pre-matriculation credit (e.g., AP or transfer student credit) for  has been received. Students who have received pre-matriculation credit for  must complete a minimum of eight (8) economics courses.

The major requirements consist of the following:

Required Courses

  • ECON 151┬á-┬áIntroduction to Economics (prerequisite to all advanced ECON courses at the 200-400 level)
  • ECON 251┬á-┬áIntermediate Microeconomics (must earn a grade of C or better)
  • ECON 252┬á-┬áIntermediate Macroeconomics (must earn a grade of C or better)
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  • ECON 375┬á-┬áApplied Econometrics (must earn a grade of C or better)
  • ECON 375 has two mathematics prerequisites, each of which can be satisfied in multiple ways: MATH 161┬á-┬áCalculus I , or MATH 162┬á-┬áCalculus II , or MATH 163┬á-┬áCalculus III ; or the equivalent AP credit.┬áStudents with an equivalent international exam transfer credit (e.g., A-Levels, International Baccalaureate) or other transfer credit may be eligible for an exemption for MATH 161, per approval by the department chair.MATH 105 - Introduction to Statistics,┬áCORE S143┬á-┬áIntroduction to Statistics , or MATH 316 - Probability.┬áStudents who have taken an equivalent course (such as BIOL 320 - Biostatistics╠ř┤ă░¨ PSYC 309 - Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Research) may petition the department chair for an exemption.┬áStudents with an equivalent international exam transfer credit (e.g., A-Levels, International Baccalaureate) or other transfer credit may be eligible for an exemption for MATH 105, per approval by the department chair.┬á
  • Four economics electives. At least two of these electives must be numbered above 300.
  • A senior-level seminar, at the 410 level or above, is required of all majors. ┬ácannot be used to satisfy the seminar requirement except in unusual circumstances and with the permission of the department chair.

GPA Requirement

Satisfactory completion requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the economics courses counting towards the major.

Honors and High Honors

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Major Declaration

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Economics Department

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