Economics panel discussion

Fred Carstensen, standing, professor of economics speaks during “How do we get out of this mess,” a panel discussion by economics departments members. Seated from left are Steven Lanza, Stephen Ross, Alanson Minkler, and Arthur Wright.

Course descriptions

A student majoring in economics should acquire a thorough grounding in basic principles and methods of analysis, plus a working competence in several of the specialized and applied fields. Examples of such fields are industrial organization, law and economics, money and banking, international trade and finance, public finance, labor economics, health economics, urban and regional economics, and economic development.


Economics majors must earn twenty-four credits in courses at the 2000-level or above, including two intermediate theory courses (ECON 2201 and 2202), plus at least nine credits in either quantitative skills courses (ECON 23012328) and/or courses at the 3000-level or above. No more than 6 credits in ECON 2499 and/or 3499 may be counted toward the required 24 credits in economics courses at the 2000-level or above. ECON 2481 does not count toward fulfilling the major requirements.

Economics majors are also required to pass twelve credits in 2000-level or above courses in fields related to economics or to fulfill a minor related to economics. In addition, all Economics majors must take STAT 1000Q or 1100Q and one of the following: MATH 1071Q, 1110Q, 1126Q, 1131Q, 1151Q or 2141Q. MATH 1125Q or higher is recommended, and STAT 1100Q is recommended over STAT 1000Q. Students may substitute more advanced MATH and STAT courses with consent of the faculty advisor.

The intermediate theory courses (ECON 2201 and 2202) should be taken early in the student’s major program. Recommended courses for economics majors include ECON 2311 and ENGL 3003W. The department has special requirements for economic majors in the University Honors Program and for majors who qualify for the department’s Economics Scholars and Quantitative Certificate Programs.

Course work in economics serves a wide variety of vocational objectives. An economics major (supplemented by a rigorous calculus and statistics course sequence) is excellent preparation for graduate work in economics, which qualifies a person for academic, business, or government employment. Majors and others with strong economics training are attractive prospects for business firms and government agencies, and for professional graduate study in business or public policy. An economics background is especially desirable for the study and practice of law.


Economics majors satisfy the information literacy competency by passing at least one W course in Economics. Students may gain enhanced competence in information literacy by taking ECON 2311, 2312W, 2326, or 2327.

Economics majors satisfy the writing in the major requirement by passing at least one W course in Economics.

A minor in Economics is described in the Minors section.


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