Economics (BA)


2016-2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

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This program offered by Walker School of Business & Technology/Business Department

Program Description

The bachelor of arts (BA) in economics provides the student with a foundation in the discipline of economics.  After taking the 4 core required economics courses, the major will have the flexibility to: (a) choose 4 upper-level economics elective courses that suit their interest, and (b) choose 1 of 3 ‘tracks’ (Math, Business, or Liberal Arts) that further allows the major to tailor their economics studies to suit their interests and strengths.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate an understanding of basic macroeconomics concepts and how policy changes impact the economy.
  2. Students can apply microeconomic concepts to real-world settings. 
  3. Students can apply economic principles to specialized topic areas in economics.
  4. Students can apply economic principles to their chosen ‘flex track’ (1 of 3 below).
    1. Students can apply macro and micro theories to better understand the business world.
    2. Students can apply mathematical techniques to analyze economic problems.
    3. Students can apply economic principles to better understand cross-disciplinary issues in the liberal arts.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Required Courses

4 CORE ECON Classes: 12 hours

  • ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)
  • ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
  • ECON 3020 Intermediate Microeconomics (3 hours)
  • ECON 3030 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 hours)

 PLUS 4 ECON Electives either at the 3000 and 4000 level: 12 hours

 PLUS 4 ‘Flex Track’ Courses: 12-13 hours

Students can choose from 1 of the 3 ‘tracks’ below...either Business, Liberal Arts, or Math (A, B, or C)

Business Economics Track

  • ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting (3 hours)
  • ACCT 2025 Managerial Accounting (3 hours)
  • BUSN 2750 Introduction to Statistics (3 hours)
  • FINC 3210 Principles of Finance (3 hours)

Liberal Arts Track
(Student choose 4 courses with at least 2 different prefixes from the list below)

  • ANTH/PSYC/SOCI 2000 Issues in Contemporary Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3650 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • SOCI 4475 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • HIST 2340/MNGT 2340 History of American Business and Management (3 hours)
  • HIST 2330 History of the Consumer Society (3 hours)
  • HIST 3050 Economic History (3 hours)
  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3590/PHIL 3590/POLT 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • INTL 3700 International Organizations: Structure and Political Conflict (3 hours)
  • INTL 4280 International Economics (3 hours)
  • POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory
  • -OR- PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours)
  • POLT 2500 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics (with economics-related subtitle) (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 Politics of the Developing World (3 hours)

Math Econ Track

  • MATH 1610 Calculus I (5 hours)
  • MATH 1630 Calculus II (5 hours)
  • MATH 3200 Statistics (3 hours)