The economics major is designed for students who want to make economics the focus of their education. In addition to fundamental courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics, students take more topic-focused upper-level courses of their choice ranging from urban economics to health economics to issues of gender. Students also have the option to gain hands-on experience in internships and conduct independent research studies for credit.
You can view degree requirements for the economics major in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Suggestions for Economics Majors
It is a good idea to take the two lower-level principles courses, ECON 201 and 202 or their Honors College counterparts (ECON 203 and 204), as early as you can. Either, but not both, satisfies a University Core requirement. Following them soon with the intermediate theory courses, ECON 309 Intermediate Price Theory and ECON 310 Macroeconomic Theory, will make available 400-level courses for which they are prerequisites and increase your understanding of the 300-level electives that you choose.
If you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree in economics, you should be aware that the field at that level is very mathematical. You should plan on completing ECON 401 Econometrics and ECON 451 Mathematical Economics, and math courses in calculus (MATH 273, 274, and 275) and linear algebra (MATH 463). Some top-name graduate schools require calculus and linear algebra for admission.