What is economics?
Economics is the study of the behavior of individuals, firms, and the economy as a whole.
What interest economists?
Financial markets, the unemployment rate, taxes, politics, real estate, crime, the environment . . . the list is endless.
What can I do with an economics major and how much money can I make?
Private sector opportunities include banking, finance, insurance, and consulting. Public sector opportunities include any number of government agencies, such as the IRS or the Federal Reserve. Other opportunities include graduate studies in economics (M.A., Ph.D.), law school, and business school.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reported in 2007 that, on average, economics graduates received higher starting salaries ($47,782) than either finance ($46,442), accounting ($46,292), or business administration/management graduates ($43,256).
Did you know that Ronald Reagan, Danny Glover, Barbara Boxer, John Elway, Ted Turner, Kofi Annan, Lionel Richie, Ben Stein, Cate Blanchett, Tiger Woods, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mick Jagger all majored in economics?
The Economics Major
Ten courses, totaling 30 credits, are required for the economics major. All courses are three credits each.
ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 102 – Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 201 – Intermediate Microeconomic Theory and Policy
ECON 205 – Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
ECON 210 – Statistics for Economics and Business
Choose five 300-level or higher economics courses.
The Economics Minor
A total of 21 credits are required for the economics minor, including ECON 101, ECON 102, ECON 201, ECON 205, ECON 210, and any two 300-level or higher economics courses.
Upper-Level Course Offerings
ECON 301 – Industrial Organization
ECON 302 – The Canadian Economy: A Comparative Approach
ECON 315 – Money and Banking
ECON 320 – Comparative Economics
ECON 321 – International Economics
ECON 325 – The Economy of Crime
ECON 331 – Public Economics
ECON 340 – Law and Economics
ECON 350 – Urban Economic Problems and Policies
ECON 360 – Environmental Economics
ECON 375 – Labor Economics
ECON 377 – Sports Economics
ECON 400 – History of Economic Thought
ECON 410 – Mathematical Economics I
ECON 411 – Mathematical Economics II
ECON 420 – Econometrics I
ECON 421 – Econometrics II
ECON 430 – Managerial Economics
ECON 498 – Internship in Economics
ECON 499 – Directed Study in Economics
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Last Modified: November 2, 2011