Requirements for the major

I. Departmental requirements: 

Economics majors may choose among six separate curricula: 

A. General Economics 

The departmental credit hour requirements total 33 hours.

B. Concentration in Theoretical Economics 

This concentration emphasizes mathematics and economics theory. It is recommended as the appropriate preparation for Ph.D. programs in economics. 

Departmental Requirements: 

  1. 33 credit hours in Economics, including: ECON 1311, 1312, 3425, 3426, 4465, 4467, and 4470
  2. MATH 1311, 1312, 2321, 3316 or 3323, 33263334, 3335, and 3360. (This combination satisfies the requirements for the minor in mathematics.) In addition, MATH 3338 and CSCI 1320 are strongly recommended. 

The departmental credit hour requirements total 57 hours.

C. Concentration in Economics and Law 

This concentration stresses the application of economic theory to questions of legal and social policy. It is especially appropriate for those planning to enter law school. 

Departmental Requirements: 

  1. 33 credit hours in Economics, including ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3426, 3428, and 3439. (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301.) 
  2. ECON 3430 or 3435 or 3428
  3. Three courses, approved by the adviser, from departments other than Economics: 
    • A course stressing the case method of legal instruction (e.g., BUSN 3302, PLSI 3351);
    • An appropriate course in logic, writing, or speech communication (e.g., ENGL 3314, HCOM 1333, PHIL 1341); 
    • A course that views the law from a perspective other than that of economics (e.g., PHIL 3453). 
    • Recommended: MATH 1311

The departmental credit hour requirements total 42 hours.

D. Concentration in Economics and Business 

This concentration is a liberal arts curriculum designed for students planning to enter graduate schools of business administration. In addition to a solid grounding in Economics, this concentration provides an introduction to many of the basic business subjects that students will encounter in MBA programs. 

Departmental Requirements: 

  1. 33 credit hours in Economics, including: 
  2. 18 credit hours outside Economics, including: 

The departmental credit hour requirements total 51 hours.

E. Concentration in International Economics 

The focus of this concentration is the analysis of two general phenomena: a) economic transactions across international borders, and b) the role of international institutions in shaping international economic life. Besides a firm basis in economic theory, international economics provides an ideal analytical framework for those students interested in any area of international and comparative studies. 

Departmental Requirements: 

A. 33 credit hours in Economics, including: 

  1. ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3425, 3426, 3447, and 3448. (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301)
  2. ECON 3440 or 3441 or 3442 or 3443. 

B. Three upper division credit hours in a modern foreign language. 

C. Two courses, approved by the adviser, that emphasize current sociopolictical aspects of: 

  1. A foreign country; 
  2. A group of foreign countries; and/or
  3. The relations between several countries or areas of the world. 

Recommended: MATH 1311

The departmental credit hour requirements total 42 hours.

F. Concentration in Economics and Public Policy 

This concentration emphasizes the application of economic analysis to the design and implementation of public policy. It is especially appropriate for students intending to pursue careers and/or graduate study in public policy or public administration. 

Departmental Requirements: 

A. 33 credit hours of Economics including:

  1. ECON 1311, 1312, 2301, 3425, and 3426 (MATH 1320 or 3335* may be substituted for ECON 2301);
  2. Three of ECON 3423, 3429, 3430, 3434, and 3439 (with approval of the adviser, ECON 3440 or 3447 may be substituted for one of these). 

B. Two courses that examine the analysis of implementation of public policy from a perspective other than that of economics (e.g., BUSN 3302, HCAD 3350, PLSI 1301, PLSI 3413, URBS 3336/PLSI 3316). 

Recommended (strongly recommended for students planning on an advanced degree in public policy/public administration): MATH 1311, MATH 1312, ECON 3434, and ECON 4470

The departmental credit hour requirements total 39 hours.

* Students intending to use MATH 3335 to fulfill this requirement should note that MATH 1311, 1312, 2321, and 3334 are prerequisites for that course.

II. University requirements:

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours. 

Requirements


Prospective majors should note that the Department has requirements for admission to the major. Full acceptance will be granted when the student has completed both Principles courses (ECON 1311 and 1312) with an average grade of C or better. Successful completion of the major also requires at least a C average across the four Principles and Intermediate Theory courses (ECON 1311, 1312, 3425, and 3426).

Requirements


The Economics Department offers an honors thesis option to its majors. Candidates must have a 3.5 grade point average in economics, approval by a majority of the economics faculty and permission of the faculty member directing the thesis. The six hours for the thesis must be in addition to the hours required for the major. Please see the Chair of the Department for further details.

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